By; ISAAC ODEH, Kaduna
Minister of Defence, Brigadier General, Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) has lauded the Nigerian Navy for her increased role and involvement in strengthening maritime security with positive results to show, stressing that her doggedness to protect the nation’s costal and offshore assets against attacks and threats deserve commendation from all well meaning Nigerians.
The minister made the remarks while commissioning six fast patrol crafts at the naval dockyard limited, Lagos.
He described the commissioning of the patrol crafts and 10 Rigid Hull Inflammable Boats ( RHIBS) ready to be inducted into the Nigerian Navy fleet as a ground breaking achievement worthy of commendation.
He lamented the cross border threats with attendant criminality like piracy, sea robbery as well as attacks on oil installations which have complicated the nation’s maritime security environment with the resultant threat which had dire effects on the overall wellbeing of the nation.
“For a liberal state with huge dependence on her maritime wealth, security is vital to the wellbeing in the nation. Against this backdrop the nation should take security issues seriously.”
Gen. Dan-Ali noted with satisfaction in synergy with other security agencies the Navy has continued to maintain effective deterrence and appropriate operational postures, adding that it was his sincere hope that the new patrol crafts added to the fleet would, no doubt, boost her efforts.
The minister also said there was need to make progress in the provision of peace and order in the country’s coastal areas, because the wealth of the nation is dependant on the area.
He added that the commissioning was another demonstration of the President’s resolve to provide security for the country.