The Nigerian Navy has announced plans to establish an operational base in Enugu State, aimed at enhancing security for both lives and property across the state’s coastal regions. Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, Chief of the Naval Staff, revealed this development during a formal visit to Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, at the Government House.
Furthermore, the Enugu State Government has pledged an ongoing collaboration with the Nigerian Navy and other security agencies to continually enhance security and tranquility within the state. The government views this as crucial to its strategy for substantial economic growth.
Ogalla commended Governor Mbah for his swift and resolute actions in addressing security challenges since his inauguration, noting the impressive accomplishments achieved in a brief period.
The Chief of the Naval Staff explained, “The Nigerian Navy has a threefold mandate: safeguarding the nation’s territorial integrity, maintaining sovereignty within maritime zones, and engaging in diplomatic efforts. We’ve recognized that our policing duties haven’t fully extended to Enugu State, and we aspire to rectify this with your support. Our intention is to broaden our operations to encompass Enugu State, particularly its navigable river around Uzo Uwani. By securing this area, we aim to instill confidence in potential investors who can revitalize the neglected colonial-era seaport, ultimately benefiting the residents of Enugu State.”
Governor Mbah welcomed the Chief of the Naval Staff to his home state and expressed gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for appointing an Enugu native to lead a security agency. He emphasized that this appointment holds immense value not only for Enugu State but also for the entire South East region.
Mbah reiterated the state’s dedication to transforming Enugu into a prime destination for investment, habitation, and tourism, with security and peace being pivotal factors. He highlighted the positive outcomes resulting from the ban on sit-at-home actions and the intensified efforts against insecurity, which have garnered substantial support from security agencies, leading to visible enhancements in security and overall peace within the state.
Praising the upcoming establishment of a naval operational base in Enugu State, Mbah dispelled the misconception that the state lacked water access. He acknowledged the state’s historical role as a seaport and expressed enthusiasm that the Navy’s operational base would reverse the notion of Enugu as landlocked.
Governor Mbah assured the Chief of the Naval Staff that the state government would provide unwavering support to ensure the realization of the operational base. He also encouraged the consideration of establishing a naval school and hospital within Enugu State.
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