Speaking during its Ceremonial Parade at the Merchant Navy Training Depot, Idah, Kogi State, its Head of Department, Training Depot, Lt John Buba said his people are up to the task.
Protecting the nation’s waterways from criminals, insurgent, and contributing to the growth of the maritime sector, Buba said, are some of the goals of the NMN.
He said the NMN has acquired the skills to monitor the flow of goods into and outside the country in order to ensure safety of goods and life.
Buba said, he was happy after seeing the junior cadet displayed various gallantries effort and professionalism in the act of combating crime in the nation’s water ways and maritime domain.
Buba expressed satisfaction over the turn-out of the event, adding that NMN can boasts of personnel that are technically, physically and mentally prepared and trained to combat local and international crimes.
Buba commended the effort of the traditional Nigeria Navy towards safeguarding the Nigerian Maritime boundaries.
He however, stressed that the activities of the traditional Navy do not cover any vessel beyond the country’s maritime boundary which he said, has led to mysterious leakages of revenue.
He urged the National Assembly to pass the Nigerian Merchant Bill to grow the economy.
‘’The US Navy, US Marine Corp and US Coast Guard are security agencies that have similar mode of operations, but cover different terrains.’’ he said.
Also speaking at the event, the Head Medical/PRO Training Depot, Lt. Immaculate Aghaulor said that the parade was to show to Nigerians and the world the readiness of the NMN to protect the maritime sector in order to drive the nation’s economy.
The Assistant Intelligence, Training Depot officer, Lt. Solomon Ocheja commended governors and traditional leaders who have been very supportive to them.