Navy, air force pledge adequate security in Lagos

Date: 14-12-2010 11:59 am (13 years ago) | Author: Aliuniyi lawal
- at 14-12-2010 11:59 AM (13 years ago)
Flag Commanding Officer, Western Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogbor, on Monday appealed to the Lagos State Government to assist it in the renovation of its boats for the smooth monitoring of the waterways during the 2011 elections.

Ogbor made the plea at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja when he led a delegation of officers within the command on a courtesy visit to Governor Babatunde Fashola. The request came just as the Air Officer Commanding, Logistics Command, Nigerian Air Force, Ikeja, Air Vice Marshall Abubakar Nashehu, who also led his officers on a courtesy visit to the governor, pledged the command’s continued support in the maintenance of security in the state.

Both Ogor and Nashehu were on a maiden visit to the governor, following the recent reshuffle of the top hierarchy of the armed forces. Ogbor said it was necessary to put necessary facilities in a good shape in order to guarantee the success of the forthcoming elections.

He noted that requests for the renovation of the vessels had earlier been made by the Commanding Officer, NNS Beecroft, Commodore Jonathan Ango, assuring that the command would continue to keep the waterways safe.

Responding, however, Fashola said the support of the military could not come at a better time, especially with the approach of the elections. Fashola said since elections were about enthroning leaders, it was necessary for the process to be done in a credible manner.

He said, “If democracy is about the future, then it is necessary that the future generation of leaders that will manage the affairs of the nation should start learning the process of conducting elections in a free and fair manner.”

Also speaking, Nashehu assured that the air force would continue to play its role in the maintenance of security in the state. Nashehu said, “We are committed to the maintenance of law and order in the society, especially now that there is no external war. We are full stakeholders and participants of the various security schemes introduced by the federal and state governments to maintain law and order.”

He, however, appealed to the governor to provide the air force with land for its housing scheme, noting that the various skills acquisition programmes introduced by the state government had greatly empowered residents of NAF Base, Ikeja.

Posted: at 14-12-2010 11:59 AM (13 years ago) | Gistmaniac