Media & security experts begin course on Maritime Security Reporting

Lagos, Nigeria, (6th November, 2023): Experts in media and some selected security professionals have begun a training course on maritime security reporting to enhance their knowledge and skills-sets so they can contribute to ensure maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG).

The training will expose participants to the relationship between media reportage and maritime security which will ultimately aim to establish an appropriate reporting structure for issues related to maritime security in coastal states along the Gulf of Guinea. The training is expected to further deepen understanding of maritime security issues in the Gulf of Guinea so participants can use their medium to support efforts by state and non-state actors to reduce maritime crimes in the GoG region.

The five-day training course will run from November 6 to 10, 2023 in Lagos, Nigeria, and is targeted at training 30 journalists/media liaison officers and maritime security actors from maritime institutions such as the Navy, Marine Police, Maritime Authority and Port Administrations across West and Central Africa.

The conduct of this training programme forms an integral part of several other interventions aimed at reducing maritime insecurity in the GoG. These interventions are being executed under the “Integrated Responses to Threats to Maritime Safety and Security in the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Domain in West and Central Africa (2022-2026)”, a project being implemented jointly by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and the Danish Government.

The 5-year project leverages on the experiences of a previous three-year project on” Enhancing regional research, capacity building and convening of stakeholders towards a safer maritime domain in the Gulf of Guinea” which run from 2019 to 2021.