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Navy committed to safeguard nation’s maritime domain – CNS



Navy committed to safeguard nation’s maritime domain – CNS

The Nigerian Navy  (NN), says it is committed to continue to safeguard the nation’s maritime domain against crude oil thieves and other criminal activities.

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Ibok Ibas, disclosed this at a two-day NN Transformational workshop 2020, at the National Defence College, on Thursday in Abuja.

The theme of the workshop is ‘Transformation and Change Management: A Strategic Imperative for Growth’.

Ibas noted that the theme was very instructive as it behoved the NN to continually develop new ways of doing things and the capacity of its personnel toward confronting threats in the maritime environment.

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The CNS was represented by the Chief of Policy/Plans, Naval headquarters, Rear Adm. Mathew Emuekpere.

He expressed optimism that the workshop would assist in engendering transformational thinking and change management attitudes, especially among personnel in the discharge of their duties.

“This is necessary as we live in a world of unprecedented disruptions and turbulence that require transformation, change of attitude and the need to generate new value to unlock new opportunities.

“To drive new growth as well as delivering new efficiencies, NN is a knowledge based and learning organisation which is highly dynamic and abhors complacency.

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“This is a disposition that is necessary to effectively combat current national threats, especially in the nation’s maritime environment,” Obike said.

He noted that the threats the country was facing at the moment were existential, therefore, protecting its sovereignty was a mandate of NN as members of the armed forces.

Earlier, the Chief of  Naval Transformation,  Rear Adm. Chris Ezekobe, noted that Nigerian Navy Transformational Plan (NNTP) was established in December 2010 to midwife the implementation of the NNTP 2011-2020.

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Ezekobe said it was later upraded to a full fledged branch in 2015.

He explained that the NNTP also rested on planning, training, ICT, and inter-agency cooperation.

Ezekobe said that all the efforts were geared toward having a highly professional service capable of discharging its responsibilities as the custodian of security of the nation’s maritime domain.  

Edited By: Razak Owolabi

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