Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra state has said that his administration will join hands with the Nigerian Navy to fight crime in the state.
The pledge came during a visit by a delegation of the Nigerian Navy, headed by Rear Admiral Umar S.A. Chugali, Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command.
The delegation paid a courtesy call on Governor Soludo at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.
Expressing his gratitude, Governor Soludo commended the Navy for their steadfast commitment to security in Anambra State.
He specifically lauded their diligent work in combating oil bunkering and other criminal activities in Nigeria.
Governor Soludo emphasized that the state government remains dedicated to collaborating with the Navy to ensure the safety of lives and property in Anambra State.
He urged them to persist in their efforts to tackle oil theft, a critical issue that plagues the country.
The Governor’s meeting with the Nigerian Navy delegation reinforced their mutual determination to work hand in hand towards enhancing security and stability in the region.
“The Navy has a huge task, but I commend them for their efforts so far,” Governor Soludo said.
“If the theft can be reduced by 70-80%, that is equivalent to jumping of the revenue for the country”.
Earlier, the Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Umar S.A. Chugali, reaffirmed the Navy’s commitment at helping to secure Anambra State.
“The Nigerian Navy Central Command covers a lot of states, including Anambra.
“It is customary to go round, visit the units and familiarize with each unit, seek audience with the Chief Security Officer of the state, and that’s why we are here.”
“The citing of the outpost at the water bank of Onitsha is strategic and highly calculated because the waterways remain a credible mode of transportation and that is why we must maintain our presence on the waters,” Rear Admiral Chugali said.
Commander A.K. Okwori (Information), Commander A.O. Bahaishe (Acting Commander, Naval Outpost, Onitsha), Flag Lieutenant Slt I.K. Akesme, COO Commander S.I. Lengaya, CAO Commander N.C. Ekwom, FC Commander A.O. Ogunleye, and Commander S.I. Ibrahim (Command Naval Base, Oguta) constituted the accompanying delegation of the Nigerian Navy.
In attendance at the event were notable personalities including Mr. Ernest Ezeajughi, the Chief of Staff; Mr. Chikodili Anara, Commissioner for Homeland Security; Mrs. Patricia Igwebuike, Commissioner for Transport; Mr. Anthony Ifeanya, Commissioner for Petroleum and Mineral Resources; and AVM Ben Chiobi, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters.