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Chief of Naval Staff wants increased funding for Navy to enhance maritime safety

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, has called for increased
funding for the Nigerian Navy to enable it acquire more ships to enhance
maritime safety.

Ibas made the
call when he hosted the Managing Director, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd.
(LNG), Mr Babs Omotowa, at the Navy Headquarters in Abuja.
“ I talked
about poor funding for the Navy and with poor funding you cannot get what is
required to carry on with your duties.
“ For us we
need capitalisation, we have been shouting about it.

Capitalisation means we need to buy more vessels to be able to patrol our
maritime environment effectively, “ Ibas said.
The chief of
naval staff also stressed the need for the Nigerian Navy to upgrade its
infrastructure with a view to enhance its operation.
“ Those are
the areas I am asking the LNG to come in and support us, we need ships, and we
need infrastructure,“ he said.
Omotowa expressed determination of the organisation to continue to support the
Nigerian Navy to discharge its duties effectively.
“ The chief of
naval staff has mentioned a couple of areas in terms of capacity building and
infrastructure upgrade, these are things we are going to look into,“ he said.
He commended
the Nigerian Navy for supporting to the organisation for the past 25 years of
its operation.
“ We are so
appreciative of the Nigerian Navy for the support we have been getting in more
than our 25 years of our operation.
“ Without the
support of the Nigerian Navy all the contributions that we make today will
truly not be possible, “ Omotowa said.

The managing
director also assured the Navy of continued cooperation and support as they
continue to discharge its mandate in nation’s waters.
Source: NAN
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