Jonathan reiterates commitment to security as he commissions new warships
President Goodluck Jonathan has said that his administration has decided to tackle the insurgency ravaging some part of northern Nigeria before the March 28th presidential poll, adding that the Armed Forces were being adequately backed to ensure the job is executed appropriately.
Jonathan made this known on Thursday during the Commissioning Ceremony of the four warships acquired by the Nigerian Navy in Lagos.
He explained that the Nigerian Navy as a leading maritime security agency deserved all the support to effectively carry out its constitutional roles.
The newly commissioned Nigerian navy warships were; NNS Centenary, NNS Okpabawa, NNS Prosperity, and NNS Sagbama.
Speaking during the commissioning ceremony, President Jonathan maintained that the procurement of the warship was in line with the transformation agenda of his administration, especially in the security sector.
“The four warships being commissioned today are part of a total of six ships expected to be commissioned in the Nigeria Navy fleet in 2015.
“I am confident that this development represents a furtherance of continued cooperation between Nigeria, the United States and China in the area of maritime security.’’
“The high dependence of the nation’s economy on the onshore resources as well as enormous potentials of the maritime sector to contribute to our food security and employment generation makes it imperative to protect our maritime industry,’’ he said.
President Jonathan explained that the NNS Prosperity would help to carry Navy patrol boats for training purposes, while the NNS Okpabama was a high endurance cutter from the United States.
He added that the NNS Sagbama was donated by the Chinese government as a fulfillment of the promise they made when he paid them a visit.
President Jonathan stated that the warships will help to reduce vandalism in the water ways.
He said; “It is coming on clearly that the volume of crude oil stolen is reducing even though the wasteful vandalism of pipe lines that are meant for power generation are being tampered with.
“Our Navy is committed to put to a halt vandalism in our coastal areas’’
He expressed joy for witnessing the growth of the Nigerian Navy stating “I was here 1st of June 2012 to commission the NNS Hangerling’’
Top Government functionaries graced the ceremony including the Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Inspector–General of Police and the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria among others.