The Nigerian Navy has received accolades for its community relations efforts aimed at enhancing efficiency and professionalism.
Justice Michael Edem, the Chief Judge of Cross River State, gave the commended at a regimental dinner organized by the Eastern Naval Command, Calabar in honour of members of its host communities.
Justice Edem, who was the special guest of honour, noted that the dinner was another milestone by the Nigerian Navy to boost its relationship with civilians.
He said: It is a well conceived idea.The Nigerian Navy is known to be very professional in all its doing and this is no exception.
According to him, the efforts put into building a relationship with the civil populace would foster trust and galvanize support, which would translate to greater efficiency of naval personnel in securing Nigeria's maritime domain.
It is quite a great thing indeed that the navy will interface with civilians particularly here where they have been for a very long time. Cross River State is part of the navy and they are also part of the people. I only urge that they continue to build and strengthen the relationship, stated Edem.
He commended the navy for extending social services such as healthcare, education and participating in maintaining internal security across its host communities.
The Chief Judge said: We appreciate what the navy has been doing for us. How they contribute to internal security, helps in strengthening the security fabrics of our State and indeed Nigeria.
Having a good relationship with the people is a well thought out plan of the navy because there used to be conflicts from time to time between them and the civilians; and with events like this, tensions have been doused bring understanding. After all, we are one, we are Nigerians, stated Justice Edem.
He urged the navy not to relent in its effort to rid the maritime domain of illegalities as well as continue to boost its relationship with the civil populace.
In a brief comment, Rear Admiral David Adeniran, the Flag Officer Commanding the Eastern Naval Command, said the regimental dinner was not for speech making rather to appreciate the host communities and friends of the navy for the cordiality enjoyed over the years.
Adeniran said: Today is for our special guest of honour. It is a regimental night and must be kept so. However, the Nigerian Navy has done well.
High point of the occasion was a presentation to the State Chief Judge, Justice Michael Edem by the Chief Staff Officer of the Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Abraham Adaji, who also used the event to appreciate the communities for supporting the navy in its efforts to secure the nation's waterways.
Source: Voice of Nigeria