EU spends £155m to support maritime security in Gulf of Guinea

The EU has said that its regional programmes in the Gulf of Guinea were supporting the implementation of important ECOWAS strategies in maritime, fisheries and illegal drug trafficking.

The Combined Maritime Forces had establish a security corridor off Horn of Africa, the Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Kurt Cornelis, said this at the opening of a two-day maritime stakeholders information and coordination meeting on maritime security in Abuja.

Cornelis admitted that increased security efforts did not deter piracy, armed robbery at sea, illegal fishing, smuggling and trafficking, and that these still posed major threats to maritime security.

He said that such threats made the region the most dangerous in the world for piracy and armed robbery at sea in 2018, adding that it remained a priority for the EU to support ECOWAS in its efforts to bring maritime security and safety to the Gulf of Guinea.

“The EU is committed to support regional efforts towards improving maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and development of local capacities of ECOWAS member states. To this end, EU regional programmes in the Gulf of Guinea dedicated to security are currently worth more than €155m”, said Cornelis.