The Nigerian Navy has tasked its personnel on the need to be more alert security-wise, as people gather to celebrate at different events marking the end of the year.
The charge came from the Deputy Commandant of the Nigerian Navy Ship Quorra, Commodore S. Ahmed, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the “Day out with the ratings” event marking part of the year- end activities for the navy’s Lagos Area.
In his speech kicking off the day’s event, Commodore Ahmed appreciated the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, for deeming it important and necessary to have the ratings’ end-of- year party, including members of their families.
He reminded the personnel that at such as time when the country is dealing with some security challenges including kidnappings and other violent attacks, it becomes more important to be conscious of happenings around their immediate environment.
He also spoke on the need for collective effort in tackling criminal activities.
His words: “It is worth celebrating being alive today. We are all aware of security situation and we pray to overcome the situation. We should pray for our dear country, because it is a trying period for us all.
“It is only when you are alive that you can do things, so we must take our security seriously; ourselves, our family and our country.
“All hands must be on deck and we need to purpose to do what is right, then all things would be right. It is about collective efforts to make Nigeria great.
“I enjoin us all to be careful; kidnappers are there, terrorists are there. So, where we are celebrating, we should be very observant of our environment. You have to know where each of your family members goes to. Let us take note of that.”
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Chief Boatswain’s Mate (CBM) of the Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC)HQ, Navy Warrant Officer McDonald Jack, appreciated the navy high command for enabling them have the end-of –year get-together.
Jack was particularly grateful for the gift of life as he pledged continued loyalty to the service of fatherland.
“We appreciate the CNS for granting us the opportunity to have an end-of- the year get-together.
“It is a pleasure to have us all come together in a celebration mood. Many may have gone, but God has speared our lives to be here today. So, we remain dedicated to the call of duty and we remain loyal.”
The event took place at the NNS Quorra Parade Ground Apapa-Lagos, on Friday 24 December 2021.