President MUHAMMADU BUHARI has said that Nigeria is looking to collaborate with other countries to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and check activities of oil thieves in the coast.
The President made the statement at a meeting with the Executive Secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, FLORENTINA UKONGA, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He said that most of Nigeria’s stolen crude oil is taken through the waterways.
President BUHARI told the envoy that the commission was of strategic importance to plug revenue leakages.
On her part, Ambassador UKONGA told President BUHARI that the Commission was established in 2001 to tackle piracy, unregulated fishing, drugs and human trafficking and environmental pollution among others.
The Gulf of Guinea Commission, with headquarters in Luanda, Angola, also generates awareness among member states on the need to maintain security in their territorial waters.
The Commission has eight countries as members from west and central Africa, with an intention to admit more countries soon.