The Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola says the federal government is exploring the possibility of establishing coast guards to ensure security on the nation’s coastline.
Oyetola made the disclosure at the 32nd Iragbiji Day celebration in Iragbiji, his home town, in the Boripe Local Government Area of Osun.
”There are conscious efforts to secure the marine environment. We have deployed security equipment to safeguard the waterways.
“We are already looking at the possibility of establishing coast guards, which will be designed essentially to ensure the safety of our coastline.
“We have not less than 853 kilometers of coastline in Nigeria and about 10,000 perimeters of inland waterways.
“If we want to ensure coastal tourism, we must provide adequate security, and we are working with the navy, marine police, and others to ensure the security of our waterways”, he said.
Oyetola commended the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Abdulrosheed Olabomi, for using the Iragbiji Day celebration to attract development to the town in the last 32 years.
The minister, however, condemned the conversion of the Sustainable Development Goal-Focused Skilled Acquisition Center built in the town by the Federal Government into a football camp by the state government.
”I am so unhappy that the same project that we fought for, for our youths to acquire skills, has been turned into a soccer base.
”I have no quarrel with football, but the facility must be used for the purpose for which it is made.
“The center is meant for the acquisition of skills for youth, and I want the state government to recognize that this project put in place by the Federal Government is for the benefit of the youth in acquiring skills,” he said.
In his remarks, the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdulrosheed Olabomi, said the community had been using the money realized from the annual celebration to assist indigent students in the town.
Oba Olabomi said that the community paid for the West African Examinations Council, National Examination Council, and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination fees of 50 indigent students of the town from the money realized from the 2022 celebration.
The traditional ruler called on sons and daughters to support the community so that more indigent students could benefit. He commended the minister for his support for the town at all times.