Improving West Africa s Coastal Security Management: An Analytical Model
- *Corresponding Author:
- Chinedum Onyemechi
Department of Maritime Management Technology
Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date May 30, 2016; Accepted date June 23, 2016; Published date June 30, 2016
Citation: Onyemechi C, Sule A, Nnadi KU (2016) Improving West Africa s Coastal Security Management: An Analytical Model. J Coast Zone Manag 19:429. doi:10.4172/2473-3350.1000429
Copyright: ©2016 Onyemechi C, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Maritime security strategies adopted by the navy and coastguards were reviewed in the work with a view to determining spatial coverage of acquired maritime domain in the new legal regime of the exclusive economic zone. Variables applied in the assessment include the coastal resources of the state such as renewable resources like fishes and non renewable under water resources such as oil. Others include the freedom sectors such as marine traffic, pipelines, underwater cables and air traffic. In the course of the research, regression analytical tools were applied to ascertain the quality of security. Recommendations for improvement on the quality of security were then made for the region based on research output. The concepts of sea base and the sea shield concepts were reviewed as a security strategy in Nigeria’s maritime domain. Analyses of reported maritime security problems in the region were made considering the two frameworks of sea shield and sea bases. Further recommendations were then made to the advantage of the entire system.