By: Okosun Dennis
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the Nigerian Navy of government’s continued robust support to drive the ongoing Fleet recapitalisation agenda for greater efficiency and capability to deal with maritime insecurity.
In his remarks at the closing ceremony of 2021 Chief of Naval Staff Annual Conference, (CONSAC), held at Government House, Kano, President Buhari who was represented as the Special Guest of Honour by the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (retd) said the need to acquire more platforms for the Service is sacrosanct to enhance her capabilities to effectively secure the National waters against infractions by sea pirates and other criminal elements.
While commending the present leadership of the Nigerian Navy under the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, he apolauded his patriotic service to the nation in emplacing proactive performance in dealing with threats that are inimical to harnessing maritime assets and her rich economic prosperity.
The Special Guest of Honour who had attended all the technical Sessions and intellectual discourse on contemporary maritime issues in relation to the Theme of the 2021 CONSAC: “Enhancing Nigeria’s Maritime Security For Improved National Prosperity” led Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje, Former Chiefs of Defence Staff and Former Chiefs of Naval Staff, known as the Navy Icons to unveil the first ever Naval Doctrine to be emplaced since her inception in 1956.
Earlier in their seperate remarks Governor Ganduje and the Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Gambo carried out a postmortem analysis of the 3-day Conference in relation to its enormous benefits to boosting Maritime Stakeholders Collaborative endeavours and the promotion of national security architecture of the country as a leading lethoral State in the West African Sub-region.