Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has commended the Nigerian Navy for collaborating effectively with its host community.
Governor Akeredolu gave the commendation when the Flag Officer in charge of Western Naval Command Lagos, Rear Admiral Bamidele Daji paid him a courtesy call in his office in Akure.
He noted the strategic roles of the Forward Operational Base, Igbokoda at keeping security in the coastal areas of the State.
He urged officers and men of the Navy to continue to intensify intelligence gathering for adequate security coverage.
The governor said concerted efforts were required to keep security of lives and property, stamping out oil bunkering, piracy, kidnapping and banditry across the oil rich communities.
Assumption of office
Governor Akeredolu said it was heart-warming that calm has returned to Igbokoda waterways since the assumption of office by the new Flag Officer, Western Naval Command, just as he stressed that his administration was working assiduously at integrating all repentant youths who laid down their arms into the Federal Government’s Amnesty
Rear Admiral Bamidele Daji recently assumed duties as the Flag Officer, Western Naval Command which oversees Lagos , Osun, Ogun, Ondo and Ekiti States.
He explained that the visit to Ondo State was part of the familiarisation tour of states under his control.
Admiral Daji used the opportunity to commend Governor Akeredolu for his unflinching support for all naval activities geared towards making the waterways safer for business and tourism.
He appreciated the entire residents for their cooperation and understanding especially in the course of routine patrols of the waterways and gave assurance on the readiness of security personnel to protect the state from all forms of criminalities.
“The support given to the Navy by Governor Akeredolu in terms of timely provision of security vessels for men and officers at FOB, Igbokoda and construction of motorable road to the Navy Secondary School at Imeri are worthy of commendations,” he added.