Gov Willie Obiano has reiterated his administration's commitment towards promoting cordial civil/Military relationship in Anambra State.
The governor spoke when he inaugurated some projects recently completed at the Onitsha Naval OutPost in Odekpe, Ogbaru Council Area of the state, yesterday.
The Governor Obiano was joined in performing the inauguration by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas, of the Naval Administrative Block, Armoury, Officers and Ratings Accommodation, Water and Electrification facilities.
The governor also during the event laid the foundation stone for Officer's Mess at the post.
In his remarks, the Governor acknowledged that the Nigerian Navy has been very instrumental in the numerous joint Security operations that sacked criminals from the Ogbaru area and said his administration believes that the partnership between them and state must be sustained to ensure that the security which Ndi Anambra enjoy presently was consolidated.
He explained that through the cordial military /civil relationship in the State, a lot of successes have been achieved as the people are now more willing to support and volunteer services that have made the job of the military, a lot easier.
Gov Obiano commended the Naval base for supporting government's efforts at checking the activities of illegal sand excavators in the Ogbaru area, promising that as its resources permit, the State government will continue to assist them to effectively play their role in the state's Security arrangement.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibas explained that the projects were in line with the strategic objective of the Naval Headquarters towards enhancing the Force's operational capacities and improving personnel efficiency, adding that with the facilities, the outpost will effectively complete its task to enable it be upgraded to a Naval Base.
He thanked Gov Obiano for his benevolence towards the Navy and assured that Officers and Ratings of the Force will reciprocate his gesture with increased commitment to their duties.
Earlier, the Flag Officer Commanding Central Naval Command, Yenagoa, Rear Admiral Mohammed Garba said the initiative is a demonstration of their commitment to proving conducive working atmosphere for Officers and men of the Onitsha Naval Outpost with a view to improving on their efficiency.
By Kingsley Ezekwelu