As the quest to curb crude oil theft, piracy and other maritime illegalities on the nation’s waterways continue to rage, the Nigerian Navy (NN) said its presence at sea has ensured a semblance of law and order.
This is just as the authorities also flayed the recent increasing trend whereby ratings exhibit recalcitrance in their line of duty by abandoning their duty posts for frivolities.
The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command (WNC), Rear Admiral Ibok Ette Ibas, disclosed this yesterday during the end of his second bi-annual inspection of all units and divisions under his command.
He said, “Despite the challenges of an aging fleet, the command has been able to sustain a robust presence on our waters. We have made tremendous progress this year.
“Boosted by our Regional Maritime Awareness Capability (RMAC), our patrol has been more cost effective and efficient many vessels have been arrested for various Offences and handed over to the prosecuting agencies for further action. “Similar presence is maintained on land as we continue to support our host states to maintain law and order and to achieve this, the command intensified training activities and exercises to ensure that personnel are professionally fit to discharge their duties.”
He said exercises like the Small Arms Firing Exercise (SAFEX), emergency drills, Small Arms Stripping and Assembly Exercise as well as the recently concluded Exercise African Winds, was one of just many programs designed to ensure combat-ready personnel.
He added, “Nevertheless, I would like to express a few concerns which includes the growing trend of ratings abandoning their duty posts or turning in their re-engagement requests late. “The navy is not going to wait on people with divided loyalty. Thus, ratings who abandon their duty pots or submit re-engagement requests late would be struck off strength so they can go and pursue their ambitions elsewhere.”
Ibas also called on officers and men of the command not to show partisanship in the discharge of their duties especially in defending the territorial integrity of the nation, adding that the navy does not entertain the luxury of partisan debates.