Minister of Defense, Retired Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali, said on Saturday that the Federal Government would provide more support to the Armed Forces in its operations, despite Nigeria’s dwindling revenue.
Dan-Ali gave the assurance at the passing out parade of 90 new Direct Short Service Course 23 and 13 Special Duty Course 2016 cadets at the Nigerian Navy College Onne, Rivers.
He said the assistance would enable the military to succeed in its ongoing operations like Operations Delta Safe and Tsare Teku in the Niger Delta, and Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-East.
Dan-Ali said the operations were aimed at ensuring law and order and preserving the territorial integrity of the country.
“The Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is ever committed and determined to honour its obligations to support capacity-building for the Armed Forces.
“Government is pleased that the Nigerian Navy has added a large number of platforms (war ships) to her fleet, which includes NNS Prosperity and Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV).
“As we speak, the latest OPV to the fleet of the Nigerian Navy is underway from China to Nigeria, aimed to improve defense of the nation’s maritime interests.
“The government is committed to performing its constitutional roles despite present economic downturn, occasioned by dwindling oil prices, and the spike in militancy and sabotage in the Niger Delta,” he said.
Dan-Ali said the 103 cadets started their training in March, to becoming commissioned officers with focus on contributing to ongoing internal security operations across the country.
He urged the newly-commissioned officers to have unflinching loyalty to Buhari, while obeying both civil and military laws.
“Cadets should note that their service would demand patriotism, professionalism, integrity, loyalty, tact, commitment to duty and respect, and protection of human rights.’’
The minister praised the Commandant of the Nigerian Navy College, Commodore Emmanuel Israel, and the Naval Training Command, for the qualitative training at the college.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the minister inaugurated newly-refurbished accommodation blocks among other facilities at the college.