December 5, 2022

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Nigeria collaborates with Korea on Deep Blue Project

L-R: South Korea Ambassador to Nigerian, Mr. Kim Young-Chae; Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Korea, Choi Jong Kun; and the Nigerian Ambassador to South Korea, Ambassador Ali Magashi; during a courtesy visit to the Federal Ministry of Transportation in Abuja on Thursday.

The Federal Government of Nigeria will collaborate with the Republic of Korea on the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure otherwise known as the Deep Blue Project.

Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, stated this when the First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea (ROK), Mr Choi Jong-Kun, visited him on Thursday in Abuja.

“We met in my office and discussed quite a lot that has to do with maritime relationships, especially the Deep Blue Project.

“We concluded to collaborate and he promised some support and assistance from the government of the Republic of Korea,” Amaechi said.

Earlier, the First Vice Minister, Foreign Affairs, ROK, expressed his country’s interest in collaborating with Nigeria on the project.

Jong-Kun said, “We commend the minister and the ministry’s initiative and the relentless implementation of the project.

“This is because it increases the maritime security of Nigeria, especially in the groundwater and also contributes to the regional security and stability of the international community.

“We are interested in finding ways to secure the Gulf of Guinea, as Korea has a strong fishery and maritime presence there.”

He, therefore, promised to support the Nigerian government to tackle maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea.

The Korean diplomat disclosed the Korean government plans to host a joint commission with Nigeria in October in Seoul, Korea.

“We want the Minister of Transportation to be part of the joint commission, in Seoul, so that we talk about maritime security on the Gulf of Guinea,” he added.