The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas has advocated for closer collaboration between the Nigerian Navy and Brazilian Navy. The CNS made the call during bilateral talks with the Commander in Chief, Brazilian Navy Fleet, Admiral Jose Augusto Viera Da Cunha De Menezez on the sidelines of the recent Global Maritime Security Conference in Abuja, Nigeria.
While acknowledging the existing cordial relationship between the Government of Brazil and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the CNS appreciated the growing interest and support of the Brazilian Navy to NN’s effort in curbing insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea. Admiral Ibas also acknowledged the ongoing efforts to finalise the cooperation agreement between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Federal Republic of Brazil on defence related matters.
He further identified the prospects of future collaborations between the navies of the 2 countries to include strengthening Nigerian Navy research and development efforts, fleet renewal, small boats construction, armament supplies and dockyard management. He added that prospects of these collaboration would be enhanced with the speedy conclusion of the MoU on defence cooperation between the 2 countries.
In his response, Admiral Jose mentioned that Brazil and Nigeria share similar culture and common socio-economic challenges that require closer collaboration. He therefore reaffirmed the commitment of the Brazilian Navy to continue collaborating with the Nigerian Navy especially on issues of maritime security.
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