The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) , Real Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo has agreed to move the Naval Desert Warfare Institute to Kano.
This was disclosed by Real Admiral COR Ezekobe, Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Navy, when he led a delegation to governor Ganduje at his office, in Kano, Wednesday, to brief the governor about development so far.
The development is sequel to a visit by the Kano state Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to the CNS requesting for presence and visibility of Nigerian Navy in Kano state
He said Chief of Naval Staff directed him to lead the team in actualising some of the promises made to the governor, when you visited the Naval headquarters.
“Our project standing on 12 hectares of land, is a multi-purpose project. We are moving our Desert Warfare of our Special unit to Kano Your Excellency. This unit is highly trained in both United States of America and Britain. And they are recognized to be of best performance,” he said.
He explaining further that they would also put Nigerian Navy Logistics School, on the land that would be given to the Nigerian Navy by the state government as well as a garment industry and other things that will be of significant benefit to the society.
“We would like to develop a Barack, so that when the need arises we can defend ourselves and also the state. That will definitely help in improving the security of the state in particular and the nation in general,” he stated.
He requested that, the Chief of Naval Staff would want to deliver a lecture on Maritime in either Bayero University, Kano, for people here up North to understand the activities of the Nigerian Navy in the national scheme of things.
Admiral Ezkobe requested another piece of land on behalf of the Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) for the establishment of hospital in the state.
“Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) is desirous of establishing a 200-bedded hospital in Kano. We also need to get a piece of land for this effort to see the light of the day,” he requested.
He commended to the state governor for the tremendous development being carried out in the state.
Governor Ganduje appreciated the speed of the process for the visibility of the Nigerian Navy in the state.
“We are so happy to have you here. I can see that the return match is so quick. This shows the level of seriousness from your part.”
“Your presence in Kano will definitely boost the morale of our youth in joining the Nigerian Navy. It will also improve our security of the state generally.”
“We are very much ready for all the requests you came with pertaining this and other projects for the development of the state. And for improving the security of our dear state. We are always ready,” he stated.
Concerning the Chief of Naval State Conference, governor Ganduje said the state would always be ready to see to the realisation of the proposed Conference, adding that, “For the Conference we will create an enabling environment for it to hold.”
Governor Ganduje concluded that his government would also facilitate a Maritime lecture by the Chief of Naval Staff in one of its universities.