Nigerian Navy pledges to sustain security in Niger Delta

Eme Offiong, Calabar

The Flag Officer Commanding the Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Victor Adedipe has promised to sustain high level security along the water ways, particularly in the Niger Delta region.
Rear Admiral Adedipe made the remark shortly after a familiarization tour of facilities within Cross River State, southern Nigeria.
The FOC, who started his tour from the headquarters of the command, explained that the essence was to see, first hand, provisions on ground and opportunities to improve on facilities.
He said “we are involved in a lot of operations and spread right here on ground. Within the constraints of the manpower resources and the equipment, we have been able to sustain the high level security we have now”.
“The essence of the visit is to see things on ground for oneself, so that one can see the challenges and start to think through how to tackle these challenges”, said the FOC.
Transformation Plan
According to Adedipe, the Chief of Naval Staff strategic directive emanates from the Nigerian Navy transformation plan, which includes long and short term solutions.
He remarked “there is the Nigerian Navy transformation plan from which the Chief of Naval Staff strategic directive emanates from. So, that is why in the short term, we try to look at how we can solve some of those problems.  There are some that are scheduled for the medium term and some for the long term depending on the availability of resources”.
“There are some challenges that affect the execution of such plans. But, as much as possible within the constraints of budgetary provisions, a lot of effort is being made to ensure we function effectively”, hinted the FOC.
Some of the formations toured included the more than 35 year old, yet-to-be-completed Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital  in Calabar; the Nigerian Navy Secondary and Primary schools; the two ratings barracks, the navy clinic, and the newly commissioned regional maritime surveillance centre also known as Falcon Eye, sporting facilities and officer living quarters.
Others included the Nigerian Navy Ship Victory and the Fleet Support Group at the jetty including gun boats and workshops.
Omolayo.A