June 1, 2012
By EVELYN USMAN
President Goodluck Jonathan Friday in
Lagos, commissioned the first locally
built Seaward Defense Boat (SDB) by
the Nigerian Navy, declaring that it
was a sign of better things to come in
the Nigerian Armed Forces and the country at large. This is just as he also flagged off the construction of another warship by the Nigerian Navy, which is expected to be commissioned next year.
Declaring that the time had come for
Nigerians to start being creative, the
president, expressed joy that such
creativity had begun with the Armed
Forces, revealing that recently in
Kaduna, the Nigerian Airforce during its anniversary, displayed a rare creativity.
“Now, the Navy has shown another
area of creativity and I am told that
the Army has something in the offing.
This is the beginning of transformation and I believe that in another 10-15 years, we will be thinking of starting a project of taking Nigeria to the air. We have just started and we will continue”
Expressing satisfaction over the success of the SDB named NNS ANDONI, the president however observed that the indigenous platforms on ground in different sectors during the country’s independence were grounded due to
what he described as lack of indigenous touch.
He therefore, disclosed that in line with his administration’s agenda of transformation, scholarships would be
given to first class students of tertiary
institutions to study in one of the best
universities in the world, with a view to bringing such knowledge back and
exploring it in the country.
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos
State who also graced the occasion
said NNS ANDONI was a clear demonstration of the operational
readiness and professionalism of the
Nigerian Navy ,expressing joy that the NN could build such platform for the
defense of the country. He therefore, called for more support from the Federal Government for the NN, pointing out that the Navy deserved more since it had shown commitment for its readiness to deliver