Deep Blue Project: Taking the fight to pirates, By Dakuku Peterside

Deep Blue Project: Taking the fight to pirates, By Dakuku Peterside

6/14/2021 12:33:00 PM

Deep Blue Project: Taking the fight to pirates, By Dakuku Peterside

The Deep Blue Project has been a success so far because we kept politics at a minimum, despite several attempts to derail it.

As such, there is need to ensure that whenever the government deploys scarce resources to procure equipment to tackle our various security challenges, we should judiciously use them. It is time we push for greater transparency and accountability in the procurement of arms and take measures to close all loopholes that lead to mismanagement of fund meant for the fight against criminality.

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Secondly, for adequate security, there should be greater collaboration across different arms and organs of government. The Deep Blue Project comprises the Ministry of Transportation, NIMASA, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Police, and Department of State Services. The seamless military, paramilitary and civilian cooperation so far is commendable. In most cases, unnecessary squabbles amongst different arms and organs of government hamper our attempts at solving national problems. For progress to be made and our security challenges effectively tackled, everyone has to be patriotic, subsume individual ambitions and interests under the overarching one, and focus on the overall national interest.

It is evident that we can achieve more when we do not politicise security, which creates the atmosphere for economic development. The project also demonstrates Federal Government’s commitment to tackling insecurity in the country. Most times, there have been insinuations that the government of President Buhari does not do enough to address rising and heightened security challenges in the country. The incumbent administration can do more to gain the confidence of Nigerians around security, and the Deep Blue Project shows that the government is listening.

Nigeria has to contend with more challenges and wars. We must declare war on poverty, unemployment, corruption, ethnic bigotry, insecurity, poor infrastructure, income inequality, poor healthcare delivery, low standards of education, and the collapse of morality and ethical values within society. We must not create more war fronts than we already have. Just as maritime insecurity, each of these wars requires innovative, outside the box, strategic intervention to make meaningful progress.

The Deep Blue project and the novel rail transport infrastructure have taught us that if we put our minds to meaningful progress and provide leadership, we can develop efficient and effective solutions to Nigeria’s myriad of challenges. We have argued earlier that these challenges are linked and cyclical. Therefore, if we can find the weakest link and break the circle, then tackle the problems that will create much impact and a ripple effect on other challenges, we will be on the pathway to building a united, developed, and egalitarian society. We must resist ‘ostrichism’ and path-dependency – which is doing the same things that have never worked.

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