The Senate Committee on navy says the Nigerian Navy will be allotted more funds in the 2017 budget to enhance its capacity to combat militancy in the Niger Delta region.
The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Issah Hamman Missau was speaking after the inspection of ships and jetties within the Eastern Naval Command in Calabar city, Cross River State, southern Nigeria.
Senator Missau, who expressed concern over the deplorable state of infrastructure at the Eastern Naval Command, said “if you look at it, the jetty is nothing to write home about. All these are critical infrastructure that the navy needs. It is not limited to the Eastern Naval Command, it is the entire navy.
“We are going back to the drawing board to see how we can better fund the Nigerian Navy so that we can assist them to perform their duties effectively. Our mission is not only to help the Eastern Naval Command, it is to the Western and Central Naval Commands.”
According to Senator Missau, “the role and duties of the Nigerian Navy cannot be compromised. The Government has no choice than to ensure it invest heavily in the navy as a whole.”
The Senate Committee Chairman described the Nigerian Navy as a critical part of the military directly responsible for protecting oil installations in the Niger Delta region.
“The navy is a very important part of the military. The resources in Nigeria come from this region and this where the navy is supposed to perform its duties very well. With resources, equipment and facilities for the navy all the crimes associated with militancy will stop”, he said.
He further stated that some vessels, which would be distributed to navy formations across the country, arrived last week.
Also Speaking, the Flag Officer Commanding the Eastern Naval Command, FOC, Rear Admiral James Oluwole said that the committee’s visit was an assurance that despite economic realities, the government would enable the navy perform its duties.
“We are looking forward to the desired contribution from the senate. It is their desire to see that the navy moves forward; and from our interactions with the committee, I know there is going to be positive progress. The recession is for us all to think outside the box. In recession, there can be progression. With the collaboration with the senate and support from the Nigerian Government, the navy will progress,” Rear Admiral James Oluwole concluded.