The Nigerian Navy has been commended for conducting successful operations aimed at enhancing security within the nation’s maritime domain.
Rear Admiral Obono Ekwe, the special guest of honour at the 2020 Nigerian Navy Week Ceremonial Sunset held at the Eastern Naval Command, ENC, gave the commendation in Calabar, Cross River State.
Rear Admiral Ekwe, who is a retired naval officer, said “I commend your professionalism, integrity, teamwork and unyielding commitment, which assisted the Eastern Naval Command to successfully undertake series of operations within her area of responsibility”.
“This is also in line with the vision and mission of the Chief of Naval Staff with a view to ensuring maritime security and ultimately economic prosperity,” stated Ekwe.
He also lauded the ENC for “improved patrol efforts to reduce the activities of illegal bunkers and refinery operations as well as anti-pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft. Other areas are the anti-smuggling activities, anti-piracy and sea robbery”.
The special guest said that the improved patrol efforts of the navy have led to the arrest of vessels, persons and seizure of petroleum products as well as metric tons of crude oil.
While encouraging the officers and ratings of the ENC to continue with in their service to the nation, Ekwe noted, “the command also destroyed illegal refineries to dissuade illegalities in the maritime domain”.
He observed that the Sunset ceremony, which usually would be elaborate was skeletal and distinct due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, saying “I have observed with joy the number of attendees; all are in conformity with the Nigerian Government’s directive on measures to curb COVID-19”.
The retired officer urged the personnel to work in line with NCDC guidelines so as to prevent the coronavirus from spreading into the barracks.
Earlier, Rear Admiral David Adeniran, the Flag Officer Commanding the Eastern Naval Command, led senior officers, the special guest and other service chiefs in Cross River to observe the solemn sunset ceremonies.
After a brief parade, the already hoisted flag was lowered as the band played the sunset song, while fireworks rented the air shortly after.
Sunset or Retreat Call, which involves the bugle call as well as hoisting and lowering of flags to signal the end of a day, year and ushers in a new day and or year.
Source: Voice of Nigeria