The Nigerian Navy is set to
commission it’s own isolation center to support the federal government in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in Lagos, even as it recounts its successes as it marks its 64 years anniversary.
Speaking to journalists during a press briefing heralding activities lined up for its 64th anniversary celebration yesterday in Abuja, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas who was represented by the Chief of Police and Plans, Rear Admiral Ifeola Mohammed said the Navy has recorded tremendous success in the fight against Crude Oil Theft (COT) and oil bunkering entrepreneurs sabotaging the nations economic assets.
He said the Nigerian Navy (NN) performed credibly well in the fight against COT and illegal oil bunkering through operations conducted by operational bases and FOBs within the period under review, adding the bases cumulatively destroyed a total of 2,287 illegal refineries between 2015 – 2019.
Ibas remarked the celebration will be low key in line with the guidelines set out to curb the spread of the virus since the nation is passing through a trying time.
“This year’s anniversary comes at a period when the nation and the world at large are going through trying times occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, hence the decision to have a low- key anniversary to reflect the mood of the nation,” he remarked.
Giving the services score card in the last five years, he said: “the NN in the last 5 years, commissioned a total of 944 officers and enlisted 7,465 ratings. Currently, 1,226, who have completed basic training are scheduled to join the fleet shortly while another set comprising 1,250 trainees, will commence training at the NN Basic Training School thereafter.”
The service has also taken delivery of many platforms including a Leonardo AW139 helicopter which is to be launched in the course of the celebration.