Amaechi attends VIP Greco-Nigerian business summit
Greek business has subtly yet steadily flourished in Nigeria since independence, with the help of close-knit relationships with highly influential Nigerians.
Busy flexing its muscles since late July with maritime security operation Okun Alafia II, the Nigerian Navy's counter-piracy efforts are still short of two patrol boats stuck in Vietnam because of complications linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nigeria's Proforce Defence has supplied the government with light armoured vehicles to beef up security in the Niger Delta as part of the huge Deep Blue project. The deal is a concession of sorts by Israeli firm HLSI-Blue Octagon to Abuja and Nigeria's emerging defence industry.
The Naples-based naval maintenance specialist Eligroup will deliver three refitted patrol boats to the Nigerian Navy and safety agency NIMASA this summer. It is a small consolation for Italy's defence industry against Israeli Blue Octagon, the architect of the vast maritime security project Deep Blue.
Ocean Marine Solutions (OMS), a firm owned by an ally of the former president Goodluck Jonathan, is continuing to conduct its piracy surveillance operations off the coast of Lagos, despite the government's decision to terminate its contract in February.
Israel Shipyards has started sea trials of a third Shaldag MK II patrol craft to be sent to the Senegalese navy midway through this year. Dakar is making headway in its ambitious programme to strengthen its maritime surveillance capacities.
As part of its Deep Blue project for securing the country's territorial waters, Nigeria is to take delivery of two Cessna aircraft and two Agusta helicopters. Israeli company Blue Octagon recently took charge of procurement for the project after a parliamentary enquiry was launched into the conditions in which the original contract was awarded to its sister company HLSI.
Just a few months after Nigeria's parliament began investigating the huge Deep Blue Project, HLSI, the Israeli firm that won the contract, passed the baton to Octagon, a company recently set up by senior figures with links to HLSI.