By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT- Chief of Naval Staff, CNS, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas has happed on the need for good welfare of Naval personnel in the country, saying it improves their capacity to fight oil theft and other maritime security challenges.
Speaking at the commissioning of 120 tastefully finished rooms built for ratings at the Nigerian Navy Ship, Pathfinder, Port Harcourt the CNS, reaffirmed his commitment to provision of decent accommodation for personnel.
“Provision of decent accommodation for personnel is not considered a luxury rather an obligation to which I remain committed. “, he said.
Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, who commissioned the six blocks of 120 rooms commended the Navy for keeping their environment clean, promising that the state government will deliver ten gun boats to the Navy to enhance their maritime security operations in the state.
While appealing to other states to support the Navy with gun boats for their operations Wike enjoined the security body to ensure the gun boats were deployed for security of the territorial waters around the state.
“The ten gun boats which we said we will give, you will come soon. They should be used to protect the territorial waters within our state. My colleagues should do same to protect their own areas. Part of my job is to protect lives and properties.”, he said.