By Emma ARUBI
THE Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Ishaya Ibrahim has restated that the Navy is committed to policing the Nigerian waterways more effectively for maximum security of all marine operations.
Admiral Ishaiya Ibrihim made this disclosure weekend after a facility tour of the Navy formation in Delta State , noting that the navy was doing its best to ensure that Nigeria territorial waters are safe.
The Navy boss inspected projects and facilities at the NNS Delta base in Warri and Effurun including the ship in harbour at the NPA and the Navy Logistic Center at Oghara.
He said that already, all navy formations in the Niger Delta region were prepared and better equipped to combat the challenges the Niger Delta crisis posed for the nationâ€™s economic growth.
Ibrahim rated the Navy Logistic Center , Oghara as the best navy base in the country explaining that during the pre-amnesty days, the navy faced a lot of security challenges that were surmounted through commitment of its personnel adding that militia activities in the region kept the navy on its toes.
He said that the country have a very large nautical mile to police in its waterways saying that inspite of the nature of the country territorial waters, the navy have tried its best to police all nook and cronies of the waterways to boost its maritime sector.
â€œWe have a very large waterway. We have across line of almost 420 nautical mile and over 2,000 feet to police. Let me say this, the security agencies have done their best to policing the waterwaysâ€.
â€œYou would not expect a hundred percent security coverage but we are contending to upgrading and put in all measures to ensure that our security is giving the boost in the maritime sectorâ€.
The navy boss who however commended the Federal Government for the amnesty initiative urged the ex_militants to reciprocate government effort by being law abiding while the government marshal out the way forward for the region.
â€œI think the ex_militants should be grateful and proud of the amnesty programme because they too are enjoying the relative peace in the region. So what they should think do is to consolidate on the gain of the amnesty programme couple with the fact that a lot of our brother and sisters are gainfully employed in the waterwaysâ€.
Ibrahim, also said that the navy would braced up to the challenges of the dredging of the River Niger adding â€œwe are doing everything possible to ensure that Mr. President effort is not in vainâ€.