Navy restates commitment to defend Nigeria’s waterways

David Adekunle, Lagos.

The Nigerian Navy has restated its commitment to defending nation’s territorial waters for economic prosperity in line with its zero tolerance to maritime illegalities.

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas gave the assurance during the graduation ceremony of Senior Officers Course at Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Quorra, Apapa, Lagos.

No fewer than 22 officers of the rank of captains and commanders graduated from the four-week Command Level Officers’ Course.

Vice Admiral Ibas said his mission statement clearly spelt out‘‘the need for well trained organised and highly motivated personnel to fulfil the Navy constitutional roles.’’

Professionalism for Duty
The Naval Chief reiterated that to achieve this role, the navy need professional and efficient manpower to defence the country, promote its economic prosperity and well being of the citizens.

‘‘This was why Human Resource Management and Administration in the CNS’ Strategic Directive 2015-1, was ordered to achieve these objectives,’’ He explained.

Ibas further said training must be continually reinvigorated through deliberate innovations to achieve our desired goals.

“In this regard, the command level course provided a veritable means to fast track the delivery of a trained and ready force as the important linkage through quality leadership training to achieve command attributes.

“It is my hope that you have imbibed sufficient knowledge within the past one month to enable further self-development as you set to take command ashore or afloat,’’  he said.

Presidential Support
The CNS said Nigerians and President Muhammadu Buhari had ensured that the navy was well financed within the limit of available funds bearing in mind contending national needs and priorities.

“The nation has invested in all of us. I enjoin you to strive to justify the huge resources by playing a credible role in the attainment of Navy’s mandate.’’

The Course

The Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Ifeola Mohammed, in his remarks, said that the course was a result of deep introspection.

“Our past operations, trainings as well as experiences with lessons learnt, served as the main ingredients for the course.

“I have no doubt that the course will fill the gaps in past efforts as well as the renewed drive to meet present and future challenges in operations in our maritime domain.

“Indeed, we are glad to state that we are “developing the next generation of naval leaders,’’ Mohammed said.

Mohammed congratulated the graduating officers, and urged them to continue to be good ambassadors of the Service.

Similarly, the Commandant, NNS Quorra, Commodore Francis Isaac said the objective of the course was to prepare nominated officers for command level responsibilities.

“This is with a view to improving the quality of command afloat and ashore.

“This can be achieved by equipping the participants with requisite tools to exercise effective command in furtherance of navy’s roles and activities,’’ Isaac said.

Isaac, however, assured everyone that the CNS was also working hard to ensure improvement in infrastructure, learning environment and welfare, among others.

Also, the Course Director, Captain Livingstone Izu, said the course was designed to acquaint participants with sufficient knowledge on the structures and management process of activities in the Navy.

This equally includes; higher level strategies, plans, policies and directives that provide current direction for operations and management of the Force.