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Navy appeals for more support

10 October 2013, 14:00Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos – Despite recent successes recorded in efforts to fight pirates, the Nigeria Navy appealed for more assistance from government and corporate organizations to effectively safeguard the country’s waterways.

Chief of Navy Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba said increasing budgetary allocation to the Navy would help the security agency effect arrests and thus make the waterways conducive for business.

Ezeoba also appealed to corporate organizations in the country to come to assist the Navy by making meaningful contributions that will enhance the operation of the Navy and enable scuttle operations of pirates.

“Waging a war against pirates has become imperative, in view of the enormous challenges their nefarious activities posed to economic growth,” the official said.

Recently, in an effort to win the war against pirates and oil thieves, the Navy commissioned a Chinese firm to build two new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV). The move will boost the naval fleet.

The Navy would now require seaward defence boats and other equipment like helicopters and support facilities to carry out its mandate effectively.

Ezeoba appealed to corporate organizations to complement government efforts to make these available.

Ezeoba noted that piracy, crude oil theft and other crimes in Nigeria’s maritime environment had been a major source of revenue leakage in the country and if not dealt with could hamper economic growth.

The Navy head also called on stakeholders from the private sector to support government efforts towards solving the increasing waves of insecurity in the country.

– CAJ News

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