NAVY CHIEF PLEDGES MORE DECENT ACCOMMODATION FOR PERSONNEL

The Nigerian Navy says it will continue to provide decent and comfortable accommodation for its personnel to enhance their professional efficiency. The Commandant of the Nigeria Navy School of Armament Technology, Kachia, (NNSAT), Rear Admiral Tanko Pani gave the commitment while inaugurating some projects at the School. He said that the projects were constructed by the Naval Headquarters and the school. The projects, inaugurated include, ten one bedroom officers’ block, 16 self-contained senior ratings block and 12 one bedroom block for junior ratings. Others are a sports complex and solar-powered street and floodlights among others. “It is my desire that more projects will be initiated and completed to actualise the master plan of the school,’’ the commandant said.
According to him, since the inauguration of the school’s permanent site on May 9, 2019, the Naval Headquarters has made deliberate efforts to provide more facilities. “The first phase of accommodation for essential staff has been completed. “Similarly, the Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology has taken a cue from the Naval Headquarters and has executed over 30 different projects, some of which shall be commissioned today. “It is pertinent to state that the commissioning of these facilities will alleviate the current accommodation challenges faced by personnel of the School as well as moderate the activities of trainees through effective supervision and monitoring. “Also, the inauguration of the sports complex and solar street lights among others, will provide recreational facilities, conducive working environment and enhanced security for staff and trainees of the school,’’ he said.
Pani noted that the Nigerian Navy transformation plan had personnel welfare as one of its key performance indicator and deliverable. “I wish to place on record the remarkable contributions made by the Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology in support of internal security operations in Kaduna state and also the training of personnel to support various operations within and outside the country.” “In the same vein, the School has engaged in Civil Military Cooperation by embarking on several Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives within Kachia and environs under our non-kinetic lines of operation.’’ The commandant disclosed that the School was constructing worship centres for Christian and Muslim personnel. Pani noted that the facilities would further improve the welfare of personnel and impact positively on their overall productivity. “The Nigerian Navy therefore expects more dedication to service from you,’’ he added.
The commandant said that the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) implored the end users of the facilities to take ownership, put them in good use and take proper care of them as the amount of resources used in the construction were at the expense of other competing demands. “This was done to ensure that befitting facilities are put in place for your comfort and optimal performance.” Pani, however, acknowledged the support of the CNS for committing scarce resources to actualising the movement of the school to the permanent site. “I wish to start by saying that the Nigerian Navy is sensitive to the happenings globally and pray that the Almighty God heals our land by bringing an end to the COVID- 19 pandemic.” Pani also expressed gratitude to the Nigerian Army as well as the Commandant Nigerian Army School of Artillery and his team of professionals for being a good host as well as for the support given to them over the years. The inauguration observed all protocols against COVID-19 as issued by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control.

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