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Our correspondence has gathered that, the
Minister of Defence, Retired Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali, said on
Saturday that the Federal Government would provide more support for the
Armed Forces, despite the country’s dwindling revenue.

He
said this will aid the military to succeed in its ongoing
operations such as Operations Delta Safe and Tsare Teku in the Niger
Delta and Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-East.
Dan-Ali said that the operations were aimed at ensuring law and order as well as preserving the territorial integrity of the country.
“The
President Muhammadu Buhari administration is ever committed and
determined to honour its obligations to support capacity-building for
the Armed Forces.
“Government
is pleased that the Nigerian Navy has added a large number of platforms
(war ships) to its fleet, which includes NNS Prosperity and Offshore
Patrol Vessels (OPV).
“As
we speak, the latest OPV to the fleet of the Nigerian Navy is underway
from China to Nigeria to improve the defence of the nation’s maritime
interests.
“The
government is committed to performing its constitutional roles despite
the present economic downturn, occasioned dwindling oil prices and
the spike in militancy and sabotage in the Niger Delta,” he said.
Dan-Ali
said the 103 cadets started their training in March to become
Commissioned Officers with a focus on contributing to the ongoing
internal security operations across the country.
He
urged the new officers to give unflinching loyalty to President
Muhammadu Buhari as well as obey both civil and military laws.
“The
cadets should note that their service would demand patriotism,
professionalism, integrity, loyalty, tact, commitment to duty and
respect and protection of human rights.’’
The
minister lauded the Commandant of the Nigerian Navy College, Commodore
Emmanuel Isreal and the Naval Training Command for the qualitative
training at the college.
The
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the minister inaugurated the
refurbished hostel accommodation among other facilities at the college.
(NAN)

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