Security Challenges in Nigeria's Maritime Sector: Implications for Sustainable Development Goals

Ifedi, Francisca Obiageli (2020) Security Challenges in Nigeria's Maritime Sector: Implications for Sustainable Development Goals. Thinkers Journal: A Publication of Faculty of Art Go. Uni, 1 (3). pp. 243-255.

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The planet earth is the largest terrestrial planet where water equally occupy 75% of the earth's surface. Of the water composition, ocean and river cover about 96% of all earth water. As economic activities take place on the land, greater economic activities take place in the waterways. Thus, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which emerged as the extension of Millenium Development Goals (MDG) in its Goal 14, placed high premium on the waterways and its attendant economic activities. Nigeria is a coastal state, but unfortunately, its waterways are not safe for economic activities. In this paper, therefore, the major focus is to interrogate the nature of security challenges in the waterways that not only mar the economic activities but also, jeopardise Goal 14 of the SDG. The Marxist Political Economy Theory was used to analyse the study. The data were generated mainly from the primary source where the structured interview technique was employed. Equally, data were generated from secondary sources. Findings proved that criminal activities like piracy, kidnapping, robbery, poaching, among others constitute security challenges. It was equally discovered that the activities of the criminals were facilitated through sophisticated firearms like AK47, pistol, matchet to mention but a few. To arrest the security situation in the waterways, the paper recommended a more proactive approach through the recruitment of more security personnel for routine surveillance.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: mrs chioma hannah
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2020 12:14
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2020 12:14

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