President Goodluck Jonathan has urged the Nigerian Navy to come up¬†with robust maritime security measures that would eradicate illegal¬†fishing, piracy and other vices on the nation‚Äôs water-ways.
Jonathan who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of¬†Defense, Alhaji¬† Aliyu Numan, spoke on Monday¬† during the¬† 2014 Chief¬†of Naval Staff annual conference¬† ¬†tagged, ‚ÄúTransforming for enhanced¬†Nigerian Navy operational efficiency‚Äù¬† in Lokoja, the Kogi State
He said¬† the federal government will ensure that the Nigerian Navy is¬†sufficiently equipped to enable it meet with global best practices,¬†global strategic contest, and technological advancement¬† in line with¬†current global security challenges.
He stated that a well equipped Navy was imperative to assist in his¬†administration‚Äôs transformation agenda, which he added will help¬†improve the nation‚Äôs economic fortune.
He lauded the Nigerian Navy for its fight against crude oil theft,¬†bunkering and other unwholesome activities on the nation‚Äôs maritime¬†territory.
He said it was a good development efforts of the Navy to maintain a¬†robust fleet geared towards sustaining conducive maritime environment.
He also said that the indigenous infrastructural development the Navy¬†had undergone recently was commendable and promised that his¬†administration would ensure improvement in infrastructural development¬†in the country.