By Taiwo Abdulazeez
The Pakistani Navy, in collaboration with the Nigerian Navy, today started a two-day medical care for residents of the Ojo community in Lagos.
The medical team is offering the care to the community through the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital Ojo, Lagos State.
The mission Commander, Commodore Mahmood Azhar, disclosed this on Tuesday while the Pakistani Naval Ship (PNS) ALAMGIR visited the Western Naval Command, Apapa Lagos.
Speaking, Azhar said Pakistan cherishes its’ relationship with Nigeria and was looking to ways of strengthening the relationship and improve cooperation between both countries in future.
“Therefore, we are going to have a two-day medical camp in which we have a team of specialist doctors who are going to provide free medicines as well for the local populace.
“This is just a way to show our token of love to the Nigerian people and it shows our intention and the good wishes from the people of Pakistan to Nigeria,” Azhar said.
The Commodore described Nigeria as the most important country in Africa, therefore, Pakistan would continue to seek for ways to strengthen bilateral relationship between the two countries.
His words: “We wish Africa and Nigeria more success and we will ensure that our relationship is better in future.”
Speaking earlier, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Rear Adm. Jason Gbassa, welcomed the Pakistani Navy and commended the initiative of a medical outreach for the benefit of residents of Ojo community.
Gbassa was represented by the Command’s Chief of Staff, Rear Adm. Habila Zakaria.
The FOC West disclosed that there would also be a joint sea exercise which between the two navies and would further cement the collaboration between both countries.
He said that both countries have had a lot of areas where they have gained from each other in terms of trainings.
“Many of our officers are beneficiaries of the trainings from Pakistan and we have seen some improvement from the officers who have studied in Pakistan,” Gbassa said.