A delegation from the Nigerian Navy, led by Rear Admiral Umar S.A. Chugali, the Flag Officer Commanding of the Central Naval Command, recently paid a courtesy visit to Governor Professor Chukwuma Soludo CFR at the Governor’s lodge in Amawbia, Anambra State.
Rear Admiral Chugali was accompanied by Commander A.K. Okwori (Information), Commander A.O. Bahaishe (Acting Commander, Naval Outpost, Onitsha), Flag Lieutenant Slt I.K. Akesme, COO Commander S.I. Lengaya, CAO Commander N.C. Ekwom, FC Commander A.O. Ogunleye, and Commander S.I. Ibrahim (Command Naval Base, Oguta). The delegation’s purpose was to engage in a familiarisation visit.
During the meeting, Rear Admiral Chugali reiterated the Navy’s unwavering commitment to ensuring the security of Anambra State, which falls under the Nigerian Navy Central Command’s jurisdiction. He explained that their customary visits to various units and state officials aim to strengthen cooperation and enhance security measures.
In response, Governor Soludo expressed gratitude to the Navy for their dedication to maintaining security in Anambra State. He commended their efforts in combatting oil bunkering and other criminal activities nationwide.
“The Anambra State Government is fully dedicated to collaborating with the Navy to safeguard lives and property in the state,” Governor Soludo affirmed. He urged the Navy to persist in their fight against oil theft, which poses a significant challenge to the country.
Governor Soludo highlighted the critical role the Navy plays in tackling oil theft, emphasizing that reducing such criminal activities by 70-80% would significantly boost the country’s revenue. He commended the Navy for their ongoing efforts in addressing this issue and encouraged them to continue their impactful work.
The meeting between the Nigerian Navy Central Command delegation and Governor Soludo reaffirmed the mutual commitment to enhancing security measures in Anambra State and fostering cooperation between the state government and the Navy to promote safety and prosperity.