WELCOME ADDRESS BY CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF VICE ADMIRAL IBOK-ETE EKWE IBAS GSS AM psc(+) fwc MSc AT THE COMMISSIONING CEREMONY OF THE NIGERIAN NAVY SCHOOL OF ARMAMENT TECHNOLOGY KACHIA

 

On behalf of officers and ratings of the Nigerian Navy, I have the honour to welcome our distinguished guest, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, His Excellency, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and the invited special guests for finding time to honour our invitation to this special occasion.  We are indeed most delighted to have the Executive Governor in our midst today notwithstanding his tight schedule, he still made out time to come and commission this School today. We sincerely appreciate this kind gesture, Your Excellency.

The ceremony we are witnessing today is a reflection of my avowed commitment to capacity building in the NN.  For the Service to remain alive and meet up with its responsibilities, adequate investment must be made towards providing necessary infrastructure for qualitative training. It is realization of this fact that the Nigerian Navy has embarked on infrastructural developments in its training establishments which Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology Kachia, is among the benefitting establishments. This School is one of the 4 seaman professional training schools in the NN with mandate to train personnel of the Above Water Warfare, in weapons handling and internal security operations.

 

The dream to relocate the School from Lagos to Kachia was conceived under the watch of V Adm II Ibrahim as the CNS.  The School was moved to its temporary site at the Nigerian Army School of Artillery in 2009.  The Idea behind establishing the School in Kachia is for collaboration with the Nigerian Army School of Artillery, since the 2 schools train on similar weapons and systems. Co-location of the schools will also enhance interoperability with the NA and also create necessary synergy for enhance efficiency in joint operations.  On my assumption of office, I made the completion and commissioning of this School one of the cardinal programmes of my action plan. I am therefore, very glad to announce to you that this journey which started almost a decade ago has finally come to an end.

Permit me to say that since the inception of this administration, a lot has been done in the area of infrastructural developments, platforms acquisition and social amenities for the Nigerian Navy. These achievements would not have been made possible without the unflinching support of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Today, we are witnessing the commissioning of the School of which there are 5 completed projects to commission. These projects are:

  1. Administrative Block.
  2. Main Gate.
  3. Training Block.
  4. Under Training Officers Accommodation Blocks.
  5. Under Training Ratings Accommodation Blocks.

Let me also use this opportunity to thank our special guest of honour, His Excellency the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir
El-Rufai and the good people of Kaduna State for providing this piece of land without it the project cannot stand.  I equally want to thank the State for its unrelenting support to the School as well as the donation of an ultra-modern computer centre which has enhanced computer training among our personnel in Kachia. Furthermore, I appreciate the Kaduna State Government for graciously donating Government Secondary School Farakwai to the NN towards converting the School into Nigerian Navy Secondary School.

Before I conclude this address permit me to seize this opportunity to once again thank and the good and homely people of Kaduna State for their remarkable support in making this project a reality. In making this dream a reality, many of you here have contributed in one way or the other. Some of you also supported us with prayers. I sincerely appreciate all your efforts and contributions and may the Almighty God bless and reward accordingly.  Finally, to all of you that have honoured our invitation to attend this commissioning ceremony, I say I am very grateful, thank you very much, God bless you all and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Onward Together!

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