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Senate wants FG to take over NNS ARADU

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Senate wants FG to take over NNS ARADU

The Senate has urged the Presidency to take over the Nigerian Navy flagship “NNS ARADU” as a presidential asset and resurrect it for national security.

NNS ARADU is the largest ship in the Nigerian Navy’s fleet.

The resolution followed a motion by Senator George Sekibo (PDP-Rivers) and co-sponsored senators.

The motion was titled “Urgent need to resurrect the Nigerian Navy flagship NNS ARADU.”

Sekibo also urged the Senate to convene a stakeholder roundtable to design a funding regime that will facilitate the refurbishment and restoration of NNS ARADU.

He said this was necessary for the ship to fulfill its role of protecting Nigeria‘s maritime domain.

According to Sekibo, NNS ARADU is the largest ship in the Nigerian Navy’s fleet with a length of 125.6 meters (412 feet 1 inch) and is a general purpose frigate.

“It is a multipurpose combat ship capable of undertaking antisubmarine warfare (short range or extended range using torpedoes carried by helicopters) and electronic warfare (interception and blocking), among others.

“The ship participated in joint exercises with visiting ships from the German, Indian, French and Brazilian navies.”

He regretted that in 1987, just five years after commissioning, NNS ARADU ran aground twice and was involved in a major collision.

“It underwent a major local remodel in 1991 at the Nigerian Navy Shipyard, Wilmot Point, Lagos.”

Sekibo said that ARADU’s misfortune was the transfer of the ship from the Presidency to the Nigerian Navy for maintenance, which could not afford to keep it afloat due to the envelope budget system.

The legislator said the ship could be reconditioned locally or internationally or both to give it an extended service life of 25 years or more.

“The refurbishment of NNS ARADU may require more than 200 million dollars (N82 billion), while replacing it will require more than 700 million dollars.”

The chairman of the Senate Air Force Committee, who contributed his contribution, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah said it was disheartening that the ship was desolate.

“It makes no sense in our economic situation to start anticipating that $ 700 million can be used for the purpose of replacing them.

“The fact that the job of parliament is to ensure a prudent use of the country’s resources, which is why it calls on the Senate to intervene in these types of situations” .

Source: NAN

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