FRANCE OFFERS NIGERIAN NAVY SUPPORT TO SECURE GULF OF GUINEA

The French government on Wednesday expressed willingness to offer the Nigerian Navy its full cooperation, to tackle piracy and other forms of insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea. France Defence Attaché to Nigeria, Nicolas Rambaud, made this known when he met with officials of the Nigerian Navy Hydrographic School (NNHS) in Port Harcourt. Mr Rambaud, a colonel, said the Nigerian Navy, being the dominant navy in the Gulf of Guinea, had what it takes to secure the region’s waters, with support from France. “France has a very big interest in good bilateral cooperation between our two great nations. “Going by the fact that both countries have navies, then it is logical that we have a lot to do in common to improve the security in the Gulf of Guinea. “Nigerian Navy is doing a lot, and we are convinced that thanks to our friendship that we can improve security in the region. “So, the French Government will welcome more robust bilateral cooperation between both countries,” he said. Mr Rambaud commended the Nigerian Navy for having acquired about 17 warships from French companies in the last few years. He said the country would in the coming weeks take delivery of a state-of-the-art hydrographic research and survey vessel from France.

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