The Nigerian Navy team from the Central Naval Command, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, have emerged winners in novelty volleyball and basketball matches organised for retired Flag Officer Commanding, (CNC), Rear Admiral Mohammed Garba.
Teams from the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, Operation Delta Safe, Nigerian Immigration Service and the Nigeria Police took part in the competition, which took place on Friday at the Porbeni Camp headquarters of the (CNC).
The naval team showed class in the matches by defeating the (NAF) team from the Mobility Command, Yenagoa in basketball and volleyball.
In the volleyball tourney, Navy defeated (NAF) 25-18 and 25-11. In the basketball match, the Navy also beat the (NAF) team 7 – 1.
The swimming competition, which other teams including the Immigration were supposed to participate, in was disrupted by rain.
The former (FOC), (CNC), Garba, thanked the command for organising a novelty match on his behalf, saying it was a part of platforms to cement the relationship among the armed forces and other security agencies.
Garba said with such a synergy, the skirmish that took place in Calabar, Cross River State, recently between the police and the military would not have occurred.
“This kind of sporting activities will cement the relationship between the armed forces and other security agencies and by so doing; it will engender a kind of fraternity that will bring them closer as brothers and sisters.
We also thought it wise that this kind of matches will create friendship between the lowest level and the highest level of the services.’’
Garba further said the competition was a means of improving the mental, physical fitness and alertness for personnel operating within the (CNC) and other security forces.
He maintained that it was only when the personnel were physically fit and mentally alert with good training that they could carry out their duties well.
Also speaking, the new (FOC), (CNC), Rear Admiral Abubakar Al-Hassan, said the sporting activities were meant to bring all the security agencies together in Bayelsa State and other places that fell within the command’s area of responsibility.
Al-Hassan said, “This will go a long way in fostering a better relationship, because in the past, we used to have some skirmishes.
This is what we want to solve by bringing everybody together and you can see the interaction already. This has started yielding results already. And that is what we want to achieve really.”