Senate assures Navy of unconditional support
Senate President Bukola Saraki has assured the Nigerian Navy of government’s unconditional support for it to achieve its obligations. Saraki, represented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Isa Hamman, made this declaration at the weekend after the closing ceremony of the 11th Nigerian Navy Games held at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
He said such has become necessary and expedient because of the critical role the Navy has played for the unity, survival and prosperity of Nigeria as a nation.
According to him, the organisation of the games was timely, as it would make the athletes focus on their physical and mental well-being, stressing that any investment in the Navy was not a wasted one since it was for the economic well-being of the nation.
“The Nigerian Navy has become an essential pillar that is critical to the continued unity, survival and prosperity of our nation. As our Navy continues to work in the frontline in the North-East to preserve peace and our democracy, it is incumbent on all men of goodwill and government at all levels to support its effort.”
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, thanked the Chief of Naval Staff for choosing the state for the competition, adding that the state was begging for such opportunities either in sports or investments.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Mr. Moses Ekpo, congratulated the contingents for participating in the games, which he said, was enduring.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, said the Nigerian Navy would continue to do all within its powers to justify these privileges and the confidence Nigerians reposed on her. He, therefore, charged the athletes not to rest on their oars since what is required of them is to be physically and mentally fit at all times.
“While we enjoin you to keep it up, the Navy on its part will continue to sustain the enabling environment for your talents to flourish,” he added.
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