The Nigerian Navy’s operations, according to Sen. George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, have raised daily crude oil production to approximately 1.5 million barrels per day as of November.
At the Nigerian Navy’s Ceremonial Sunset and Awards Night 2023 on Friday in Abuja, Akume made this statement.
He applauded the navy’s efforts in carrying out its mandate to secure the significant strategic resources located in the country’s maritime domain.
He claims that the Nigerian Navy has secured the security of both Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea by utilising state-of-the-art technologies for maritime surveillance and persistent presence in the marine environment.
“Noteworthy is that the efforts of the Nigerian Navy have further led to the delisting of Nigeria from the International Maritime Bureau piracy list.
“This has made the Nigerian Navy a critical contributor to the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy,” he said.
Akume also commended the navy for ensuring a significant reduction in sea rubber, crude oil theft, and other illicit activities within the nation’s maritime domain.
According to him, it is also gratifying to acknowledge the zeal and patriotic commitment of the Chief of Naval Staff and his personnel to internal security duties in the hinterland and adjoining waterways across the nation.
“The doggedness of officers and men of the Nigerian Navy, in synergy with sister services and agencies, have significantly contributed to the peace and tranquillity currently experienced in most riverine and coastal communities.
“We are indeed proud to acknowledge your achievements in 2023, and we look forward to a greater 2024.
The SGF said the Federal Government considered it a worthwhile investment to provide the necessary support for the navy in terms of increased funding.
He said this would guarantee economic prosperity and national development, as well as reposition Nigeria’s economy and the overall wealth of Nigerians.
In order to consolidate the progress gained thus far in defending the country’s waterways and safeguarding its maritime resources, he urged the navy to continue its current efforts in fleet recapitalization, capability building, and personnel welfare improvement.
In order to improve the Navy’s professional performance, he assured that the Federal Government was dedicated to tackling operational difficulties pertaining to platforms, surveillance equipment, and logistics.
He claims that the government’s realisation that efficient marine security might contribute to national development serves as the foundation for this decision.
He continued by saying that in order to fulfil the constitutional mandates of the navy and all other security forces, the executive and legislative branches would work together.
“In line with the renewed agenda, my charge to the navy, therefore, is that you should redouble efforts so that together you should build a navy that would be the pride of all of us and the deserving personnel who are going to receive various awards tonight.
“While I wholeheartedly congratulate you, please see this recognition as a call for continued unalloyed loyalty to the nation and more dedication to the Nigerian Navy,” he said.
Speaking on the event, the Chief of Policy and Plans (Navy), Rear Adm. Joseph Akpan, said the sunset ceremony was a sun honored novel tradition dating back to the early days of sailing ships.
According to Akpan, as the sun dipped below the horizon, marking the end of the day’s work, sailors will gather on deck to lower the colours.
He said that the act of lowering the flag was a signal to other ships and a reminder to all that the day was on, and it was a sign for rest and reflection.
“Over time, the ceremony evolved into a more formal event, incorporating elements of music, trail, and readings.
“It became a powerful symbol of unity and esprit de corps, reminding sailors of their shared mission and the sacrifices made by those who came before them,” he said.