From: TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt
The Nigerian Navy has opened a War College in Ubima Community, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The centre, which was originally built for Nigerian Navy Training Establishment, would now house Naval War College and Nigerian Navy Intelligence School.
Speaking during commissioning of the institution yesterday in Ubima, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, stated that the site of the college was temporary, disclosing that the place was built for other purposes.
Olonisakin lauded Governor Nyesom Wike, and his predecessor, Chibuike Amaechi, for their benevolence towards the building of the institution.
He further stated that the product of the school would transform the security situation of the country, and urged the Navy to use the facility responsibly.
The CDS said: “I appreciate the Chief of Naval Staff for singlehandedly and drastically changing the infrastructural fortune for good.
“We are very happy with the gigantic learning facility laid out before us for use. The Navy will forever remain indebted to your good wills and courtesy.
“Navy has relentlessly engaged in massive overhaul of operational support structure and fleet recapitalization and decency priority”.
However, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ikot Ete Ekwe-Ibas, in his address, thanked the Federal Government for its interest on the well-being of Nigerian Navy.
Ete-Ibas stated that premium was placed on improving the proficiency of men and officers of the Navy to improve security.
He also thanked the Nigerian President for endorsing the establishment of Nigerian War College.
He said quality training would be required for the institution and that it would enhance security development in Nigeria.