Construction will soon commence at the site for the proposed Nigerian Navy War College in Calabar, Cross River State, southern region of the country.
Senator Isah Misau, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Navy disclosed this to newsmen during an inspection of formations under the Eastern Naval Command headquarters in Cross River State.
The senate committee was conducted round the navy formations by the Flag Officer Commanding the Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Mathew Emuekpere.
Misau, who explained that it was customary for legislator to embark on inspection of agencies preparatory to the passage of any appropriation law, said there was need for the Nigerian Navy to properly cordon off the acquired land for the war college.
He said “we have inspected the land and we have seen the need for the over 50 thousand hectares to be fenced and the 70 thousand hectares for post service housing scheme. We will assist the navy fence the land and if possible begin construction. If not, we will make further provisions in the 2019 budget”.
According to Misau, the performance of the navy on execution of projects across its command was worthy of emulation, noting “the essence of the visit is hinged on the 2018 before the Nigerian Senate. Before the budget is passed, the senate must look at the performance of 2017 to know what to do and make adequate provision for the 2018 fiscal year”.
“when it involves managing resources, the Nigerian Navy does not compromise on standards. The quality of buildings, jetties testify to the ability of the navy in the area of quality infrastructure”,averred Misau.
The Chairman condemned some government agencies that allow contractors to use sub standard materials, stating “sometimes when we visit other ministries and agencies, they allow contractors to short change the government. They compromise on quality and standards, thereby causing greater problems in future. I would encourage other agencies to emulate the navy”.
He promised to ensure the Nigerian Navy budget for 2018 is approved accordingly to particularly enhance its operations in the Niger Delta region.
The Senate Committee on Navy inspected the reference hospital, newly completed senior ratings quarters and the Fleet Support Group, NNS Victory base in Calabar.