The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas has called for improved synergy between the Nigerian Navy and the Cameroonian Navy particularly at the operational level. The CNS made the call during a bilateral discussion with the Cameroonian CNS, Rear Admiral Jean Mendoua on the sidelines of the recent Global Maritime Security Conference in Abuja, Nigeria.
The CNS stressed the need for enhanced interaction between Naval Bases in Douala and Limbe in Cameroon and NNS VICTORY and JUBILEE in Calabar and Ikot Abasi in Nigeria, adding that such level of interaction would check incidences of sea robbery, smuggling and kidnapping in the maritime domain between both countries.
While requesting for access to weekly security reports from the Interregional Coordination Centre in Yaounde, Vice Admiral Ibas emphasised that such collaboration would ensure that ships transiting both countries are sea worthy and comply with international regulations and standards.
The CNS acknowledged several bilateral and multilateral cordial relationships between the Governments of the Republic of Cameroon and the Federal Republic of Nigeria in curbing insecurity and seized the opportunity to extend invitation to his Cameroonian counterpart to attend the 2020 Nigerian Navy International Maritime Conference and Regional Maritime Exercise.
In his remarks, Rear Admiral Jean Mendoua appreciated the improved cordial relationship between the Nigerian Navy and Cameroonian Navy especially along the common borders of the 2 countries and in the effort against terrorism. He expressed optimism for enhanced collaboration between the 2 navies in years to come as the Cameroonian Navy evolves.
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