Baring any last minute hitches, the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ganiyu Adekeye would, by October this year, launch the first made in warship. The ship has, however, passed its most difficult test of ship building and is currently being built at the Nigerian Navy Dockyard, Victoria Island, , by a team of naval engineers. With this exploit, the Navy has thus proved critics wrong on the ability of the present CNS to take up challenges.
The Chief of the Naval Staff, who assured Nigerians that the navy is capable and now more ready than ever to take the bull by its horn in its quest to make the Nigerian Navy a blue sea navy that would be respected by countries of the world, said during his inspection tour of the project that the ship when completed will be a state-of-the-art warship.
He also used the opportunity to commend the commitment of the local engineers working on the project.
With the confidence of a fulfilled man Adekeye took a look at the ship under construction, nod his head and smiled before saying that the project has once again proved to the world that Nigerians are capable of developing world-class technology.
He revealed that after it has been commissioned, the ship which has not been named will join other ships in the fleet of the navy in patrolling the Niger Delta Region. By so doing, he said it will keep pirates and crude oil robbers out of the nation�s waterways. The CNS believes that the corporate image of the Navy and indeed of the nation, after the ship has been commissioned will benefit a lot.
To him, the nation�s economy depends on oil and if some illegal bunkerers have been milking the nation of a huge proportion of its earnings, what it means is that Nigerians have mortgaged their existence to a tiny few. According to him it also means that Nigerians have actually undermined the integrity of the nation.
Though nobody gave the project any chance, the Navy said the ongoing construction work is an indicator that Adekeye is right on track to reposition that arm of the military.
However, building the warship for the Nigerian Navy is not the only worries of Adekeye as he also vowed to continue the war on illegal bunkering of the Nigeria's crude oil and maritime resources.
Source: This Day Online