The Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has charged the leadership of the Nigerian Navy to tailor their trainings to be in line with the 21st century challenges.
Governor Ikpeazu who was a Special Guest at the commissioning of the Central Bank of Nigeria Intervention Projects at Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics College, Owerrinta, Isialangwa South LGA said Nigeria is beset with myriad of security challenges, especially, insurgency which requires urgent attention.
According to him, the trend places new burden on the shoulders of the Navy and other security outfits in the country.
Dr. Ikpeazu said that time has come to put aspect of Finance Intelligence on the curriculum of the Armed Forces of the country to ascertain movement of funds outside Nigeria, especially by insurgents.
He commended the vision and depth of the Nigeria Navy in thinking towards training as what is required to enhance the confidence of the officers and men of the force and expressed happiness with the track record of the Nigerian Navy.
The Governor noted that the Nigerian Navy has remained a flagship force that every other security arm in Nigeria tries to emulate and appreciated the contributions of the Nigerian Navy in sustaining law and order.
He,however, pledged the support of the Abia State government towards the operations, development and growth of the Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics College, Owerrinta.
Governor Ikpeazu urged the students of the College to make good use of the conducive environment provided for their learning and assured that Nigeria would rise from the ashes of its challenges to be the pride of Africa.
In his goodwill message, the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma lauded the officers and men of the Navy for their efforts in protecting lives and property in Abia and Imo States.
He thanked the Management of the CBN for the intervention in the College and commended the citizens of Abia and Imo States for their sustained support to the Nigerian Navy in doing their job and urged them to sustain the support to the officers and men of the Navy
Speaking, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo said the event was a testimony of the good relationship existing among the Nigerian Navy, CBN, Abia and Imo States.
He saluted the collective efforts of the stakeholders and CBN in realizing the projects and expressed gratitude that the College has introduced OND and other practical courses.
In her speech, the representative of the CBN, Mrs. Amina Oni said the college was important to the development and trainings of the officers hence the need to intervene in the construction of the buildings which she described as part of the corporate social responsibility of CBN.
Earlier, the Commandant, Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics College, Owerrinta, Commander Suleiman Abdullah appreciated the CBN for the construction of building projects which include; Administration Block, Academic Block, Auditorium, Library & Dinning Halls, Hostels amongst others.
He said the buildings would assist the institution greatly and thanked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for his support, saying that he was pleased by the Governor’s presence at the event.
One of the projects, a gigantic three storey male hostel building was named after a former Military Governor of the old Imo State, Rtd. Navy Commodore Amadi Ikwechegh.
Executive Chairman of Isiala Ngwa South LGA, Chief Ike Anyatonwu was also at the event which attracted the presence of Mrs Ikwechegh, Wife of the Late Commodore Amadi Ikwechegh