ABUJA: PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has expressed confidence in the continued cooperation between Nigeria, the United States of America and China in the area of maritime security. The President stated this at the commission four new Navy Ship in Lagos.
“I am delighted to be here to commission four new platforms that were recently added to the Nigerian Navy Fleet,” he said.
The fleet consists of the Nigerian Navy Ship Okpabana, a High Endurance Cutter acquired from the US, Nigerian Navy Ship Prosperity, a former Irish Navy fishery patrol boat, acquired purposely for use as a training ship; and Nigerian Navy Ship Centenary, one of the two offshore patrol vessels procured from China and Nigerian Navy Ship Sagbama, which was donated by the Peoples Republic of China.
“The four ships being commissioned are part of a total of six ships expected to be commissioned into the Nigerian Navy Fleet in 2015. I am confident that this event represents a furtherance of continued cooperation between Nigeria, the United States of America and China in the area of maritime security,” Jonathan said.
He thanks the friends of Nigeria and the Nigerian Navy for making this occasion a reality.
“Permit me to use this occasion to express the desire of this administration to see more progress in our cooperation, to the mutual benefit of our respective countries,” Jonathan said.
He used the opportunity to reaffirm confidence in the competence and commitment of officers, ratings and civilian staff of the Nigerian Navy.
“Our administration will not waiver in its support to the on-going capacity building effort of the Navy,” – he added.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY