Nigeria, Italy to boost military ties

Chiamaka Okechukwu, Lagos

Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali

Nigeria and Italy are to finalise the draft of a technical military and defence agreement that will among other things facilitate exchange of data and information.

This will also capture experiences affecting the preparation and conduct of combined naval operations in the field of counter piracy awareness and oil platforms protection.

The Minister of Defence Mansur Dan-Ali made this statement during a visit to Italian Minister of Defence Roberta Pinnoti.

Dan-Ali said the two countries will soon sign Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen cooperation “on counter piracy exercises and other maritime security activities in international waters and territorial waters of Nigeria.”

Nigerian Naval personnel will be trained ashore and on-board of the Italian vessels.

Agreement

Experts from both countries will discuss the implementation of this Agreement and results of training and cooperation activities.

This will enable them to take measures to improve the readiness of the parties to conduct combined naval operations.

Under the agreement, some Italian companies will be engaged in the area of repairs and remodelling of some Nigerian Army self-propelled artillery equipment.

The agreement will also consider cooperation in any other field of naval activities at practical level.

 

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