Chief of Naval Staff Heads Of Ecowas Pilot Scheme.
Chief of Naval Staff and Heads of Gendarmerie of ECOWAS Maritime Pilot Zone have risen from an inaugural meeting in Calabar, Cross River State for a collaborative engagement mechanism in the drive to effectively secure the Gulf of Guinea Maritime domain.
The meeting also had in attendance the chiefs of naval staff of Ghana and Cameroon who participated as observers, while the Nigeria’s Chief Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff and Inspector-General of Police sent their representatives.
According to Jibrin, the 34th ordinary session of the ECOWAS committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff held in Accra, Ghana in September 2014 mandated Nigeria to host the Zone E chiefs of navy and head of gendarmarie meeting preparatory to the operational plan in January 2015.
Jibrin said, “Apparently, this decision was informed by the important role such forum of institutional heads is expected to play to attain desired collaboration and coordination mechanism in tackling transnational maritime criminality in the zone.