Naval Chief,Vice Admiral Gambo visits President Buhari; Says Locally built Patrol /Defence vessels will boost protection of maritime territory

The Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo on Sunday visited President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock to brief him on the success recorded in the indigenous construction of a fighting  vessel by naval engineers and invited him to do the honour of commissioning the vessel.

This is just as Vice Admiral Gambo disclosed that construction will enhance equipment and platforms for the protection of the Nigerian maritime territory against piracy, sea robbery, illegal bunkering and  all other maritime crimes.”

He also aaid that the Navy is set to receive patronage from other African countries for shipbuilding collaboration adding that much of the construction would be done in the Badagry Shipyard.

The CNS who spoke with reporters at the state house after the meeting with the President said, “I’m here to seek the blessing of Mr President for him to honour the Nigerian Navy in commissioning the indigenously built seawards defence boat, which is one of the three we are building by the Nigerian Navy dockyard staff in Lagos, come December this year.

“His response is positive because it prides us as a nation that we can build something from scratch to finish, by our own shipyard. So, it is a thing of pride to us.

Regarding cost of constructing the Defence boat, he said, “I cannot tell you for now because as the construction was going on, the more we saw that the more we added expenditure on it, but I can tell you that it’s encouraging, it’s unlike when you get foreign vendors to build or to supply the ship.

“It’s saving a lot for the country and going forward, we are looking at doing more of that within the shortest possible time.”

Commenting on interest shown by other countries for Nigeria to build naval vessels for them, the CNS said plans are underway to build boats for the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“Of course, we already have the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are ready and willing to partner with us in shipbuilding and maintenance.

 “They are also ready to partner with us in maintenance and construction and most of the countries in the West Coast are definitely going to patronise us”.


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