CBN, NPA, OAGF distance themselves from NIMASA’s $193 million waterway policing project

the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Port Authority of Nigeria and the office of the Accountant General of the Federation have denied their involvement in the conception of the Integrated Infrastructure for National Security and Protection of Waterways in Nigeria, also called Project Deep Blue. The Deep Blue Project was awarded the Contract to HSL International Limited for the supply of certain security and surveillance equipment and systems at the ENL Terminal, Port of Apapa, Lagos State. On Wednesday, Yusuf Gagdi (APC, Plateau), Chairman of the Marine Committee, read letters from the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Nigerian Ports Authority, the Federation Accountant General’s Office and the Corporate Affairs Commission distancing themselves from the project. . He read the letters from the agencies when the military appeared before the committee. deep blue project In December, House Speaker Ben Kalu (APC, Abia) tabled a motion for the House to investigate the project. Kalu had said in the motion that the National Assembly had not authorized or allocated any money for the Deep Blue contract. He also questioned the standard of the project executed by the contractor. According to Mr. Kalu, HLSI would also establish the National Integrated Coastal Surveillance and Waterway Protection Solutions, with command and control infrastructure in the nation’s territorial waters. In the motion, Kalu said that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency agreed to pay the sum of $19,530,000 to HLSI as ‘Management Training Consideration’. He also denounced the national security implications of commissioning such a project to a private company rather than the Nigerian Navy. Hearing… According to Gagdi, CBN denied having any information about the project. The OAGF said that NIMSA had financed the project with its revenues without recourse to the Accountant General. “In view of the above, you can obtain the requested information from the relevant agencies. We are not part of it. It is the money generated by NIMASA that this project is being financed without the attorney general”, Mr. Gagdi had read part of the letter. Gagdi also said that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has informed lawmakers that the authority is not involved in any way in the Deep Blue contract. Navy, Navy, Air Force excluded from the conception……. Representatives from the Nigerian Armed Forces revealed that they were excluded from the conceptualization of the projects, but brought them on board after much protest. Navy representative SD El-ladan, Rear Admiral of the Nigerian Navy, said the Navy was not part of the conception but was brought in after much resistance. “The concept since the project began, members of the armed forces were not part of it, however, I believe that based on resistance and complaints, a steering committee was created consisting of the minister of defense, transport, DG NIMASA, Chief of Defense. staff, and the three heads of service. Thereafter, the steering committee also created a committee called the Deep Blue project monitoring team,” Mr. Ladan said. “Soon after the inauguration, we were given the project schedule on how the project will be executed and our task was to monitor and ensure that the project is delivered within the specified period. Along the line, we’ve been getting reports from the contractor, from NIMASA, until we got to the current stage where I said the services have issued so many platforms and so on. To the best of my knowledge, the contract is still ongoing, it has not been completed.” Army and Air Force representatives also confirmed the Navy’s participation in the project. Speaking on behalf of the Air Force, NN Ananaba said that “the Nigerian Air Force has two cj3 special mission aircraft, 4 unmanned aerial systems for operations and also two other unmanned aerial systems for training, making a total of six systems”. Speaking after questioning from military officials, Gagdi said the committee will meet Transport Minister Rotimi Ameachi next week about the project. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; CBN, NPA, OAGF distance themselves from NIMASA’s $193 million waterway policing project