Defense Minister, Bello Matawalle has praised the Nigerian Navy for facilitating more effective and efficient working facility through its newly acquired platforms.
He emphasised that the new platforms will help in combating illegal activities on Nigerian waters and in the Gulf of Guinea.
Matawalle, who spoke through the director of media and publicity of the Ministry of State Defense, Victoria Agba-Attah, said this in a public address at the Passing Out Parade of Batch 34 Trainees of the Nigerian Navy Basic Training School, Onne, Rivers State on Sunday.
The minister added that the platforms would also help in curbing crude oil theft and other related offenses.
“The new acquired platforms would serve as enablers to increase the Nigerian Navy’s dominance and influence in the fight against crude oil theft, illegal refining, pipeline vandalism, piracy and illegal unreported unregulated fishing activities,” he said.
Furthermore, Matawalle urged the 1,865 ratings of batch 34 to uphold integrity, professionalism and teamwork in the course of delivering their duties.
He charged them to dedicate themselves to national security and harmony.
He concluded by expressing his confidence in the graduating officers and Nigerian Navy at large that “the personnel and new platforms would energise the fight against criminals operating on Nigerian waters and in the Gulf of Guinea.”