The Manager of Onne port, in Rivers state, Mr Durowaiye Ayodele, has said that the involvement of the Nigerian Navy in commercial shipping has brought stability to the nation`s maritime environment.
Ayodele disclosed this during the recent operational visit of the students from Department of Warfare, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji to Onne Port Complex, as part of the annual exposure to areas of strategic interest.
In his presentation, the Port Manager explained, that the relative peace enjoyed in the Niger Delta region of the country had brought comfort to shipping, and attributed it to the on-going cordial relationship between the Nigerian Ports Authority and the Nigerian Navy.
He further stated that the operation of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) could only be guaranteed in an environment of peace, noting that these were very strategic assets for the nation’s economy.
Speaking on the Managements collaboration with the Navy, Mr Durowaiye Ayodele disclosed that among other things, Nigerian Ports Authority in a deliberate effort, procured fast moving security boats for the Navy which underscores the Managements commitment to support its surveillance of the nation’s territorial waters.
He assured that Management of NPA would continue to work with the Navy in the interest of the national economic development
On the specific steps taken by the Port to address issues, the Port Manager stated that the newly constituted Port Security Committee in the Port has provided an avenue for stakeholders to share information on security challenges that are unique to the port and to jointly proffer solutions.
Delivering a vote of thanks on behalf of the Commandant, Lt. Cdr NB Karah, expressed satisfaction with the enlightenment and assured that the knowledge gained will not only be applied in the college but for future endeavors.