The Nigerian Navy, on Tuesday, commiserated with the family of all Nigerians who lost their loved ones to the coronavirus pandemic currently ravaging the world.
The Navy expressed its sympathy during the ceremonial sunset organised to mark its 64th anniversary at the Central Naval Command, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
The Flag Officer Commanding, CNC, Rear Admiral Saidu Garba, remarked that this year’s celebration was unique as it happened at a period when the nation and the world were going through trying times caused by the deadly virus.
Garba said the decision to have a low-key anniversary was to reflect the mood of the nation, adding that the Command had participated actively to ensure that all the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari were followed.
He stated that the Navy had assisted other authorities in controlling traffic and movement of people from one place to the other as well as ensuring that all vessels entering into the country were properly cleared before berthing.
The FOC said, “We have ensured that the directives of the President and Commander in Chief is fulfilled by assisting other authorities not only in controlling traffic in the maritime domains but also checking vessels that enter into the country.
“We also ensure that there is no illegal entry into the country. All those entering into the country must be properly cleared and all Covid-19 protocols followed.”
He restated that the strength of the Navy had been a collective will to defend the territorial integrity of the nation from the sea, noting that the force had endeavoured to accomplish that in the past years, despite the numerous constraints.
He added, “On assumption of office in 2015, the Chief of Naval Staff placed a high premium on operational availability of ships, training and the welfare of personnel. The focus on capacity development and welfare of personnel is in order to improve maritime security in Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea.
“Today, the Nigerian Navy, within five years, has conducted and also participated in over 60 exercises and operations.”