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Maritime security: FG urged to provide adequate platforms for navy

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BY KINGSLEY OMONOBI

ABUJA— The Federal Government has been advised to provide appropriate and adequate platforms for the Nigerian Navy to enable the force meet up with the task of checking criminality in the nation’s vast maritime environment, including oil theft, vandalisation and piracy.

Director, Nigerian Navy Chaplaincy, Lt. Commander Iyobosa Osaghae, at an interdenominational service to mark the 57th anniversary of the force at the All Protestant Military Church, Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja, noted that the Nigerian Navy led by Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba (CNS) was blessed with experienced and well trained personnel who just need the equipment to do the job of protecting the nation’s resources at sea.

He said: “The platforms we have today need to be beefed up because even the Bible made us to understand that no man goes to war on his own expense.  The Navy cannot go to war on their own expense; but I know they are being worked out.

“I also know that as the platforms come on stream, by the grace of God, we shall deliver on the mandate of clearing  the nation’s water of illegal bunkering and oil theft and other maritime criminality given to Nigerian Navy by Mr. President.”

In his sermon at the church service, Rev. Osaghae emphasised that the current transformation policy of the armed forces will come to naught unless God’s guidance was sought for genuine transformation to take place.

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