By Akpokona Omafuaire
SAPELE—THE Chief of Navy Staff, Vice Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, has charged the Navy to remain committed to meeting its constitutional responsibilities of keeping the country’s waters safe and secured despite the enormous challenges it is facing currently.
Admiral Ibrahim gave the charge in Sapele, Delta State, during a two-day Naval Engineering conference, weekend.
The CNS said that the conference was important because of the daunting task of reviving and upgrading the level of fleet readiness in the midst of resource limitations and growing threat to national economic activities in the maritime sector.
He stressed that the conference will address the current operational capability situation and brainstorm on better ideas to effectively confront the challenges which abound in the maritime sector.
According to him, the foundation for developing necessary capability was based on efficient engineering practices, which in turn will guarantee credible presence at sea. He said he was optimistic that at the end of the conference, concrete solutions and implementable strategies for transforming naval engineering practices would be evolevd.
According to him “while i am aware of genuine past and current efforts towards reviving the aging fleet in the Nigerian Navy, there is no doubt in my mind that some of the realities confronting us today readily suggest the need for deeper introspect.”
Earlier in his address, Rear Admiral Sylvester U Umosen, Chief of Policy and Plans Navy Headquarters said that the theme of the conference “Transforming Naval Engineering Management for Improved Readiness” is a reflection of the ongoing transformation initiatives at the national defence management system.
He thanked the CNS for his insistence on organising the conference at Nigerian Navy Engineering College, Sapele. “It is a clear reflection of his mind on the primacy of improved naval engineering practices.
Rear Admiral Umosen charged officers and ratings engaged in naval engineering duties to see the conference as a wake up call on the dawn of a new era for improved productivity.
“The main objective of the conference is to exhaustively examine the state of the NN fleet, infrastructure and engineering practices with a view to charting viable strategies for improving NN operational readiness.” He added.