As a show of total acceptance of governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s request to the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) for presence and visibility of Nigerian Navy in Kano state, the CNS, Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, has disclosed plans to establish the Desert Warfare Institute to Kano.
This was disclosed by Rear Admiral COR Ezekobe, Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Navy, when he led a delegation to governor Ganduje at his office, in Kano, Wednesday, to brief the governor about development so far.
He said “We are here to actualize the fruitful engagement we had when His Excellency visited us on the 3rd of June. He Chief of Naval Staff directed me to lead this team in actualising some of the promises made to you when you visited the Naval headquarters.”
Noting that “Our project standing on 12 hectares of land, is a multi-purpose project. We are moving our Desert Warfare of our Special unit to Kano Your Excellency. This unit is highly trained in both United States of America and Britain. And they are recognized to be of best performance.”
He explained further that they would also put Nigerian Navy Logistics School on the land given to the Nigerian Navy by the state government and requested for more land, emphasized that, “This is where we will use for a garment industry and other things that will be of significant benefit to the society.”
He added that “We would like to develop a barrack, so that when the need arises we can defend ourselves and also the state. That will definitely help in improving the security of the state in particular and the nation in general.”
He also requested that the Chief of Naval Staff would want to deliver a lecture in Kano, on Maritime , for people up North to understand the activities of the Nigerian Navy in the national scheme of things.
Admiral Ezkobe requested another piece of land on behalf of the Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) for the establishment of hospital in the state.
“Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) is desirous of establishing a 200-bedded hospital in Kano. We also need to get a piece of land for this effort to see the light of the day,” he requested.
“Your Excellency we witnessed the tremendous development in your state. This is highly commendable Sir,” he concluded.
In his response, governor Ganduje appreciated the speed of the process for the visibility of the Nigerian Navy in the state, appreciating that, “We are so happy to have you here. I can see that the return match is so quick. This shows the level of seriousness from your part.”
“Your presence in Kano will definitely boost the morale of our youth in joining the Nigerian Navy. It will also improve our security of the state generally,” he stated.
The governor told the Navy that “We are very much ready for all the requests you came with pertaining this and other projects for the development of the state. And for improving the security of our dear state. We are always ready.”
Concerning the Chief of Naval State Conference, governor Ganduje said the state would always be ready to see to the realisation of the proposed Conference, adding that, “For the Conference we will create an enabling environment for it to hold.”
Governor Ganduje assured that “We will also facilitate for the proposed Maritime lecture by the Chief of Naval Staff in one of our universities. There is no doubt about this. Tell him he is always welcome.”