VOICE OF NIGERIA
20 January, 2014
By Chiamaka Ikechukwu,
As the Nigerian military experience
changes in its leadership, the Western Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy says it will increase and sustain its patrol efforts in the region.
The Flag Officer Commanding,Western
Naval Command, Rear Admiral Ilesanmi Alade made the statement while taking over the mantle of leadership from Rear Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas at the command in Lagos.
Rear Admiral Alade gave an assurance to build on what his predecessor had
achieved in terms of welfare, security for staff and facilities.
Safe maritime environment and trade
He promises to also increase naval patrol presence at sea as a means of enhancing safe maritime environment and trade among coastal communities within the region.
“Obviously we are going to improve on it and we are going to increase or
sustain our patrols at sea. That is the
best way to curtail illegalities in our
According to the former Flag Officer, Rear Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas one of the major achievements of the command within his one year tenure was the ability to tackle the challenge of insecurity for staff and facilities which was an issue of national concern.
“Basically, I keyed into the national concern which was insecurity;insecurity for the men and for our facilities. By the grace of God we were able to surmount and protect lives and property in the Navy.”
Safe maritime domain
Rear Admiral Ete-Ibas explains that the Navy has also tackled the challenges of insecurity by ensuring that naval presence was constantly maintained at sea to deter oil thieves.
The command also participated in
multinational joint military exercises and trainings aimed at ensuring a safe maritime domain for legal trade and transactions.