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Sanwo-Olu Expresses Gratitude To Nigerian Navy For Outstanding Service


Jun 3, 2024

Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has expressed profound gratitude to the Nigerian Navy for their unwavering commitment and invaluable contributions to the nation’s security. During the 2024 Nigerian Navy Week Celebration Ceremonial Sunset/Reunion Dinner, held at the Naval Dockyard Parade Ground in Victoria Island, Lagos, Sanwo-Olu acknowledged the Navy’s efforts in creating a safe environment for citizens.

Represented by Deputy Governor Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, Sanwo-Olu stated, “The entire country owes the Nigerian Navy a debt of gratitude for their invaluable services, which include protecting waterways, maritime infrastructure, preventing piracy, and curbing oil theft.”

He extended special appreciation on behalf of Lagos State, adding, “We owe you a lot of gratitude and pray that God will continue to be with you.”

Sanwo-Olu also recognized the contributions of retired Naval Officers, appreciating their ongoing support and encouragement to active personnel.

In his welcome address, Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla highlighted the Navy’s achievements over its 68-year history. “The Nigerian Navy has grown to be the 5th largest navy in Africa, with over 48 capital ships, and at all times, more than 70 percent of these ships are operational,” Ogalla noted.

He detailed the Navy’s advancements, including the acquisition of helicopters and air assets that enhance fleet readiness. He proudly stated that the Nigerian Navy boasts the most sophisticated maritime domain awareness capability in the world, incorporating both coastal and over-the-horizon radars.

Ogalla emphasized the Navy’s success in reducing oil theft and criminal activities in Nigerian waters over the past eleven months. “Prior to 2022, Nigeria was listed as one of the piracy-prone countries in the world. However, with the collaboration of the Nigerian Air Force, Army, and Police, we have eliminated piracy to the extent that the International Maritime Bureau has delisted Nigeria from the list of piracy-prone nations,” he explained.

The Sunset Dinner, marking the end of the naval year, celebrated these achievements and the Navy’s dedication to its mission. The event underscored the Navy’s pivotal role in ensuring national security and the collective gratitude of the Nigerian people.

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