The Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo on Wednesday in Kano disclosed that the Federal Government has approved plans by the Nigerian Navy to establish six new naval Operational bases in Kano, Imo, Lagos states among others to enhance the security architecture of Kano state and the nation at large.
Vice Admiral Gambo disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, noting that the Navy Board has approved the establishment of the base.
Gambo noted that when the base is completed it would contribute in the aspect of showcasing the efforts of the Armed forces of Nigeria at keeping the country one indivisible nation.
He said, “The Navy Board has approved the establishment of a Naval base in Kano among other bases this administration has planned to open. Other bases are to be established in Imo State (Oguta), Lagos State (Lekki).
Assuring that, ‘We will move in for the speedy development of the base”, the CNS said, ‘”I assure you that the base when established will contribute to showcase the effort of the Nigerian Navy in keeping the nation as one indivisible country”.
Vice Admiral Gambo commended Kano state government for allocating 100 hectares of land in Dawakin Tofa where the Naval Base would be established in Kano.
The CNS who is in Kano for the Chief of Naval Staff Annual Conference (CONSAC) 2021 holding from September 1 to 4th, said, “Your Excellency I am glad to inform you that, the Nigerian Naval Board, has approved the establishment of Naval Base in Kano. Which falls among other Naval Bases approved by the Board in some selected states.
“We are equally thankful to His Excellency’s effort and support, by allocating 100 hectares of land for our new Naval Base in the state.
“We have already appointed the Acting Commander of the Base, who is Captain Muhammad Abubakar Alhassan. Who should, henceforth, be part of the security architecture of the state.”
Responding, Governor Ganduje commended the Nigerian Navy for choosing Kano for establishing the Naval base.
He said, ““Your choice of Kano shows how confident you are concerning the security and safety of the state. It also tells others that Kano is safe, secured and peaceful”.
“We are very grateful for the choice of Kano to have a Naval Base. This is highly instrumental. It gives us more and more courage to be above board in securing our dear state.
“The newly appointed acting Commander of your Naval Base in Kano, will now be part of our security architecture. He will always be invited for our routine security meetings”.