Akwa Ibom Government has assured the Nigerian Navy of maximum cooperation in its aggressive onslaught against oil thieves and sea pirates in the Nigerian waterways.
Akpabio, who stated this on Tuesday when the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Harry Ngonadi paid him a courtesy visit at the Governor‚Äôs Office, Uyo, noted: ‚ÄúYou have many states under your command, but I want to assure you that this is one state that you will enjoy the greatest cooperation from.‚Äù
The Governor commended the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval for the role he played as the pioneer Commander of Jubilee Naval Base at Ikot Abasi, saying, ‚ÄúWhen you came to Akwa Ibom as pioneer Commander of Jubilee, you helped us to fight bunkering and illegal refineries along the shorelines to a standstill.
‚ÄúYou mobilised your men and brought that menace to an end. We are very proud of men in uniform that have been posted to Akwa Ibom State. We are happy the way you have cooperated to ensure the security of life and property,‚Äù he pointed out.
Akpabio prayed God to protect and guide the naval officers in the discharge of their duties, and reminded him of the need to establish a Naval Secondary School in the state, hinting ‚ÄúWe have applied to the Chief of Naval Staff to give us one Secondary School in Ikot Abasi, and I hope the Flag Officer will follow up so that our children can begin to wear this uniform at tender age.‚Äù
The Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Ngonadi thanked Governor Godswill Akpabio for supporting the Nigerian Navy and recalled, ‚ÄúI came in here as the pioneer commander of Jubilee Naval Base in Ikot Abasi and that Jubilee is what is today because of the uncommon nature of the Governor.
I have come to pay this courtesy call and register my presence here as the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command and to solicit again your cooperation as usual.‚Äù