To ensure the safety of the maritime domain in Nigeria and combat all forms of criminality, the Ministry of Defence (MOD), has reassured the Nigerian Navy (NN) of its support in discharging its constitutional mandate.
According to the Permanent Secretary, MOD, Mr Musa Istifanus, who paid a maiden familiarization visit to the Naval Headquarters Abuja, accompanied by senior staff of the Ministry have resolved to work closely with the leadership of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) towards having a safer and secured Nigeria.
Stating that this is what is desired so much especially at this critical time in the history of the country, the Permanent Secretary also added that the Ministry is open to receive inputs from the Nigerian Navy, NN at any time.
He added that the ministry will offer all necessary assistance that will enable the Service carry out its responsibilities, as he said that the Ministry will properly look at the brief presented by the NN and act accordingly.
Earlier in his remark, the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo appreciated the proactive move of the Permanent Secretary by undertaking the familiarization visit.
Vice Admiral Gambo also acknowledged the important role of the Permanent Secretary, MOD, who serves as the Chief Accounting Officer of the Ministry.
“ The office of the Permanent Secretary is equally noted to be responsible for liaison between departments in the Ministry as well as processing of requirements of the AFN,” he said.
The CNS appreciated the prompt attention by the Office which has immensely contributed to the successes recorded so far by the NN in securing the nation’s maritime environment.
Furthermore, the CNS assured that the visit will further strengthen the existing cordial working relationship between the Office of the Permanent Secretary and the NN.
Also present at the maiden visit was the Director of Joint Services Affairs, Mrs Olu Mustapha and the Director Army Affairs, Mr Sunday Attah, Director Navy Affairs, Mr Fashina Kayode Julius and the Director Air Force Affairs, Mr Ashibel Utsu Peter, amongst others.