President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday counseled the Nigerian Navy for its doggedness within the combat in opposition to oil theft and militancy within the nation.
He mentioned the navy had impressed him within the battle towards piracy, oil theft, unlawful bunkering and pipeline vandalism.
Buhari spoke on the Nigerian Naval Dockyard in Victoria Island, Lagos, in the course of the inauguration of two ships – NNS Unity and NNS Karaduwa – one tug boat, NNS High Commander Ugwu; and 27 patrol boats, manufactured within the nation.
The President, who counseled the navy for trying inwards and utilizing native engineers from the Nigerian Navy Dockyard Restricted to assemble the fleet, additionally lauded the contribution of the navy within the ongoing combat in opposition to insurgency within the North-East.
He added that the Navy would play a vital position in upcoming continental programmes equivalent to the event of sustainable blue financial system for Africa adopted and signed by the African Union in October 2016.
The President stated, “It’s heartwarming that you haven’t confined your efforts to overseas sources alone, however have taken your future in your individual fingers by embarking on aggressive native complement provision to assemble your fleet.
“The Federal Authorities expects no much less from you as trying inwards is the best way to go amidst a uniquely difficult mixture of recession and rising acute safety considerations.”
The President, who was accompanied by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and 6 ministers, mentioned that the Federal Authorities was making effort to revamp the economic system, urging Nigerians to be prudent within the administration of their assets to outlive the crucial interval.
Earlier, the Chief of Naval Employees, Vice Adm. Ibok Ete Ibas, had stated the navy was going through many challenged, together with insecurity within the nation, including that it had injected about a hundred patrol boats into its maritime operations.
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