By Abba Anwar
As a response to governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s request for the Nigerian Navy visibility in the state, in strengthening the security of the state, the Nigerian Navy approves the establishment of Kano Naval Base.
This was disclosed by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, when he paid a courtesy call to the governor at his office, Wednesday.
The Chief of Naval Staff is in Kano for the Chief of Naval Staff Annual Conference 2021, between 1st and 4th September.
“Your Excellency I am glad to inform you that, the Nigerian Naval Board, has approved the establishment of Naval Base in Kano. Which falls among other Naval Bases approved by the Board in some selected states,” he reveals.
After commending the governor for his efforts in seeing the successful operations of the Nigerian Navy, he also appreciated that, “We are equally thankful to His Excellency’s effort and support, by allocating 100 hectares of land for our new Naval Base in the state.”
He further explained that, “We have already appointed the Acting Commander of the Base, who is Captain Muhammad Abubakar Alhassan. Who should, henceforth, be part of the security architecture of the state.”
According to the Chief of Naval Staff, when the Base has been established, “… it will contribute to showcase the effort of the Nigerian Navy for keeping the nation as one indivisible nation.”
In his remarks, governor Ganduje commended the Nigerian Navy for choosing Kano for their Conference, appreciating that, “Your choice of Kano shows how confident you are concerning the security and safety of the state. It also tells others that Kano is safe, secured and peaceful.”
“We are very grateful for the choice of Kano to have a Naval Base. This is highly instrumental. It gives us more and more courage to be above board in securing our dear state.
The newly appointed acting Commander of your Naval Base in Kano, will now be part of our security architecture. He will always be invited for our routine security meetings,” governor Ganduje said.
Abba Anwar is Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State