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Chief of Naval Staff warns indigenous ship operators to desist from sabotage

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok Ekwe-Ibas, on
Wednesday in Abuja warned indigenous ship operators to desist from acts that
would constitute economic sabotage.

Ibas gave the warning when he hosted the Nigeria Ship
Owners Association (NSOA) led by its President, retired Navy Capt. Olaniyi
Labinjo.
” I appeal to you as execute members of your
association to warn your members to desist from acts that sabotage efforts of
the nation.
“Any attempt to undermine government efforts will
be resisted firmly by the Nigerian Navy.
” As a liberal state, we need all the
stakeholders to collaborate to enable the nation have all the support required
for development,” he said.
He urged the association to make more efforts to
partner with the security agencies to help provide the necessary environment
for business to thrive.
The chief of naval staff also solicited the
cooperation of the association in gathering intelligence and information needed
to curtail incidents of sea piracy.
Recounting the role played by the indigenous ship
owners in the past, Ibas said the association had contributed immensely to the
development of the country.
Responding, Labinjo described the Nigerian Navy and
NSOA as ”two wings of the same bird’’, stressing that their relationships and
roles were intertwined.
Labinjo also said that the two groups played key roles
in the economic development of the country.
According to him, the visit to the Navy Headquarters
was a solidarity one and aimed at strengthening ties with the new Navy Command.
(NAN)

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