By Evelyn Usman
LAGOS—The Nigerian Navy, yesterday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mieka Dive Limited, on the training of its personnel and commercial divers, to meet internationally recognised and acceptable divers standard, with the procurement of equipment worth over N300 million by the company, to kick start the training.
Flag Officer Commanding Naval Training Command, Apapa, Rear Admiral James Akinwale, who spoke on the occasion, noted that the role of divers in warfare and shipping industry could never be overemphasised, and as such, must be given a pride of place in the nation.
The MoU, he explained, was aimed at maintaining and upgrading facilities at the Nigerian Navy Under Water Warfare School situated at Navy Town, Lagos, which he said was the best in Africa and third best in the world. He added that it would also expose the Service’s diving instructors to commercial diving training techniques and international diving and underwater regulatory bodies.
“This agreement is a veritable example of a standard public/private partnership, which the Federal Government employs as a tool for accelerated development of all sectors of the country. In the Nigerian Navy, the training of divers is given utmost attention like all other departments and units, which enhances and guarantees our potency at sea.”