INDIAN GOVERNMENT ADVOCATES CLOSER TIES BETWEEN THE NIGERIAN AND INDIAN NAVIES

The Indian High Commissioner, Mr Abhay Thakur has called for closer working relationship between the Nigerian Navy (NN) and the Indian Navy (IN). He made this advocacy today when he paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas at the Naval Headquarters.

During the visit, the High Commissioner called for increased collaboration and cooperation between the NN and the IN in the areas of training, hydrography, security in the Gulf of Guinea and in developing platforms such as training ships and landing ship tanks for the NN.

Mr Abhay Thakur informed that he had already had discussions with Minister of Science and Technology and the National Security Adviser on the possible areas of cooperation between the Indian Government and the Nigerian Government. He added that the Indian Government will be willing to assist in the areas of combatting insurgency and terrorism. Furthermore, he mentioned that the IN would also provide additional training slots for NN as well as also providing hydrographic assistance to the NN.

Responding, the CNS, V Adm Ibok-Ete Ibas noted that the IN has always offered great support to the NN in the areas of training and military cooperation.  On training, V Adm Ibok-Ete Ibas stated that the NN will look at the various training billets of the IN to see areas where the two navies could have exchange programmes. Also, the CNS stated that the NN would leverage on the vast experience of the IN Dockyard Goa as it tries to develop and expand its already existing dockyards. The High Commissioner India was accompanied by the Indian Defence Adviser, Colonel Sachin Dubey while the CNS received the High Commissioner in company of some of his Principal Staff Officers in the Naval Headquarters.

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