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Chief of Naval Staff assures safe maritime environment


Abuja – The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, on Monday in Abuja expressed the service’s determination to ensure secure maritime environment for national prosperity.

Ibas gave the assurance at the formal presentation of his Strategic Directive 2015-1 aimed at enhancing the operational capacity of the Nigerian Navy in the country.

According him, the strategic directive was set out to guide the attainment of the Nigerian navy goals in areas considered critical to effectiveness of its operations.

He noted that the attainment of the strategic directive key priorities would require high professional standard, discipline, exemplary leadership, integrity, selflessness and maintenance of good morale.

“All concerned are to note the need for flexibility, adaptability and prioritisation in dealing with the challenges of evolving security environment, ” he said.

He highlighted key priorities to be achieved by the Nigerian Navy in short, medium and long terms.

Ebas said the priority areas include ensuring credible presence at sea to create a secure maritime environment for national prosperity.
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He said the service would continue to promote its manpower development to achieve optimal professional capability of personnel.

The chief of naval staff expressed commitment to exploring partnership with relevant stakeholders and institutions locally as well as internationally.

“In order to fully realise the strategic end state of the outline objectives, the Nigerian Navy shall deepen collaboration with maritime stakeholders, other agencies and even international partners.

” I urge all concern to ensure effective dissemination and practical commitment to accomplishment of the identified objectives in this strategic directive, “he said.

He noted that dwindling oil prices could affect cash flow to the Federal Government as indicated by President Muhammadu Buhari ,recently.

Ibas, therefore, advised commanders to ensure judicious and efficient application of allocated resources in line with extant regulations.

Earlier, Chief of Naval Transformation, Rear Adm. Samuel Alade, expressed optimism that the strategic directive would move the Nigerian Navy to an enviable height. (NAN)

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