The Nigerian Navy has appointed Commodore Aliyu Gaya as the new Maritime Guard Commander of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
The Director General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, made this known in a statement signed by Mr Edward Osagie, Assistant Director, Public Relations, NIMASA, on Tuesday in Lagos.
According to him, Gaya takes over from Commodore Ezekiel Nyako Lamiri, who has been redeployed to the Nigerian Defence Academy.
“Until his appointment, Commodore Gaya was the Director of ECOWAS Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre, Zone E, Cotonou, Republic of Benin.
“He has held other military and command positions in various Naval Commands within and outside the country.
“Commodore Gaya holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Masters degree in Defence Management Command and Strategy.
“He equally holds a certificate in Maritime Security and Transnational Organised Crime course from the Koffi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre, Accra, Ghana,” he said.
Jamoh noted that the Maritime Guard Command was a product of the MoU between NIMASA and the Nigerian Navy to foster a closer working relationship between both organs of government in securing the Nigerian maritime domain.
He restated the Agency’s commitment to continuous collaboration with the Nigerian Navy to secure the country’s territorial waters and the Gulf of Guinea.
“The Agency will like to appreciate the Nigerian Navy for keeping with its tradition of always deploying very competent officers to the NIMASA Maritime Guard Command and ensuring safer maritime boundaries to the benefit of the country,” he said.