Rivers - President Goodluck Jonathan and the Ministers of Finance, Petroleum and Defence have been commended for their prompt provision of logistics support to the navy to fight illegal bunkering.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Dele Ezeoba, made the commendation in Onne, Rivers, on Thursday.
Ezeoba spoke on the sidelines of the passing out of 1 100 trainees at the Nigerian Navy Basic Training School.
He stressed that Jonathan’s commitment and support to security agencies had assisted in reducing oil theft in the country.
He said the navy, in collaboration with other security agencies, had arrested and prosecuted many oil thieves, pipeline vandals and pirates who tried to sabotage the nation’s economy.
"The navy has recorded a lot of achievements in the area of operational capabilities, human resource development and welfare related support services, among others.
"Under my watch, we have reduced to large extent, crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism in collaboration with the Army, Air Force and the Joint Task Force contributed by the armed services.
"We are winning this battle and will continue with vigour and seriousness by securing our maritime environment to ensure economic growth and prosperity of the nation”, he said.
Ezeoba said the navy would soon release details of its achievements to the media to enable Nigerians to appreciate efforts made in tackling illegal oil bunkering.
He said the graduation of the 1 100 trainees would complement efforts in addressing security challenges across the nation.
The navy boss said the trainees, who trained in special military skills, would soon be deployed to various formations across the country for internal security operations.
"We decided to train this batch of trainees differently because the dynamics and asymmetric nature of threats locally and globally have changed.