Security at the Nigeria Atlantic coast

Piracy is a major security concern in the Gulf of Guinea affecting the flow of commerce in an ecosystem bordering a number of countries in West Africa with the natural contagious domino effect on the wider international community. In the last decade, it had become an issue of global relevance. Brazenly, pirates in the Gulf of Guinea often part of heavily armed criminal enterprises, employ violent methods to steal oil cargo, hold ship crews in exchange for extortion and ransom.

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Nigeria: The blue economy and sustainable development

By Soji Adeleye– Its estimated 50-85% of the oxygen production on Earth comes from the ocean: majority of which emanates from oceanic plankton — drifting plants, algae, and photosynthesizing bacteria. About 75 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold around 97 percent of all Earth’s water. The ocean also host an eclectic variety of geological processes responsible for the formation and concentration of mineral resources, serves as the ultimate repository of many materials shunted or dissolved from the land surface. The oceans contain vast amounts of materials that also serve as major resources for humans. Up to this point because of the economic challenge of it, direct extraction of resources from this gigantic reservoir is limited to salt, magnesium, placer gold, tin, titanium, and diamonds; and fresh water.

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Nigeria blue economy infrastructure

By Soji Adeleye– Officially, according to the Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria has six seaports: Apapa, Tin Can, Onne, Port Harcourt, Warri, Calabar. These are in four states out of possible nine coastal states. In a coastal stretch of about 850 kilometres, only four states with the only two ports in Lagos operating at anything close to full capacity with a spill over that has become the greatest logistical conundrum to the residents, Federal and Lagos State Government.

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The imperative of a Nigerian Blue Economy

By Soji Adeleye– What is the singular tangible thing you can point to Nigeria achieved from the hundreds of billions of dollars gained from the crude oil discovery? It would be easy to answer nothing considering where the country is today with acute failure of infrastructure development, the shocking state of public education and health care system. But, the answer should actually be obvious – the development of the new federal capital territory Abuja. Without oil, Abuja would have been impossible and it continue to consume a disproportionate share of the national budget. Its obvious the fundamental elements and composition of that national budget demands immediate revamp to meet the medium and long term need of a population growing at exponential rate.

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