The Nigerian Navy has reiterated its commitment to securing the waterways as it concluded the 6th Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Golf Tournament in Lagos.
The FOC, Western Naval Command (WNC), Rear Admiral Jason Gbassa, made this known during his remarks at the just concluded golf tournament held at Navy Town, Lagos.
“As you may already be aware, the WNC has been working tirelessly at ensuring that crimes are brought to the barest minimum within the Command Area of Responsibility.
“Accordingly, all efforts have been geared towards achieving this mandate. With all sense of modesty, I can say that the Command has recorded considerable success in this regard,” he said.
On the golf tournament, Gbassa said that the objective was to foster the already existed relationship between the civilian and the military.
“It is my honour to welcome you all to this occasion of the closing ceremony of the 6” Annual FOC, Golf Tournament taking place at the Dolphin Golf Club, Navy Town Ojo.
“The objective of the tournament is to use the game of golf to foster interaction and understanding between our civilian and military communities for national cohesion and development amidst prevailing security concerns in the country.
“The dynamics of our realities today has shown that no single individual or organisation has the magic wand for the myriads of challenges the contemporary world presents,” he said.
He added that one of the age tested means of building bridges was through the use of sport because of its important role in the life of an individual, organization and nation.
“While golf is considered a sport of the elite, I think it is more of a cerebral or mind game than a physical game as it looks to be.
“For the golfers, the play is, of course, to win against himself more than anything else. For me, winning against oneself is eliminating one’s handicap or what I will rather call conquering oneself.
“Anyone who cannot conquer himself or herself, cannot become selfless. Selflessness is a virtue at the core of military service,” he said.
He also said that the game of golf had three basic characters which are humility, empathy and patience.
“If you are not humble you cannot serve, if you cannot empathise, you cannot foster friendship and if you are not patient, you may find it difficult to be loyal.
“These are all values essential for duty and service to the nation. Thus, every Opportunity and avenue to promote these qualities is considered a worthy course to me,” he said.
The FOC congratulated the golfers for the spirit of sportsmanship they had displayed in the last three days of the tournament.
“Your conduct and zeal have been exemplary.
“Beyond the prizes to be worn, I know that comradeship that can stand the test of time must have been built and I hope it is sustained over time.
“To other members and well-wishers, let me reassure you that the WNC will always be there to provide necessary conducive environment for legitimate activities to thrive in our Area of Responsibility,” he said.
He appreciated the Chief of Naval
Staff for providing direction on which the activities in the Command are hinged.
He also appreciated the sponsors and supporters of the tournament, adding that without their generosity, the tournament could not have been a success.
“Be rest assured that the Western Naval Command will continue to Partner with you for the good of our Nation,” he said.