BY PHILIP NWOSU
The Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Oladele Daji applauded the efforts of the Nigerian troops fighting to keep the country together in all operations of Armed Forces scattered around the country.
Admiral Daji who spoke on behalf of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ibas commended and praised the courage of the military men fighting in various operations to ensure that the country is secure.
The FOC who spoke after commissioning projects at the NNS WEY and NNS BEECROFT, which was initiated to enhance operational well being of the force commended the courage of troops fighting on all fronts, including the fallen heroes, as well as the personnel of other security agencies in the country.
He said: “ I want to acknowledge the sacrifices made by our colleagues who have lost their lives in the course of their duty to keep the nation safe.
“As far as the Nigerian Navy is concerned this has translated into catering for the families of our fallen heroes across the length and breadth of all establishments in the Navy.”
The FOC urged officers in active service to remain steadfast and committed to the task of preserving and upholding the territorial integrity of Nigeria.
He enjoined Rear Admiral Uduak Ibanga, Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship, WEY, (NNS WEY), Navy Town, Ojo and Rear Admiral Ibrahim Shettima, Commander, NNS BEECROFT, Apapa to ensure that the inaugurated projects are well maintained.
The two transit accommodation blocks were inaugurated in Navy Town, Lagos, while structures including the parade ground of NNS Beecroft, a mart, operations room, motor yard and the main gate were inaugurated at Beecroft, Apapa.
Daji said that the transit buildings should be promptly and adequately maintained to ensure that the facilities provided for the comfort of the occupants are functional at all times.
“The blocks were conceived by naval headquarters as a quick impact project to address the acute shortage of residential accommodation facing junior ratings drafted to Lagos.
“There is no doubt that this will impact positively on the welfare of young ratings posted to various units and establishments in Lagos,” he said.
The FOC enjoined the beneficiaries to exercise utmost care in the use of the facilities and strictly adhere to the regulations governing the use of the transit accommodation and other inaugurated projects.
“By so doing, it will spur and encourage the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, to do more in the provision of decent accommodation for all categories of personnel,” he said.
He said that the Nigerian Navy would not have accomplished all the developments witnessed over the past six years without the support of the Federal Government.
The FOC expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to the welfare of naval personnel.