The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, has said the establishment of a Naval Logistics College in Kano State was for administrative and operational reasons contrary to perceptions in some quarters.
The CNS spoke at the second edition of the “Open Ear Dialogue” with the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Service Chiefs and senior Editors/Media Executives of various media establishments in the country.
Gambo, who was represented by the chief of training and operations, Navy, Rear Admiral Abraham Adaji, said the logistics college was established alongside two other bases at Oguta, and Lekki that will be performing maritime duties.
He said, “What the Navy established in Kano is a logistics college, this has thrown up reactions but has also afforded us the opportunity to shed so lights on our establishments across the nation and some of the programmes we have as far as developing capacity is concerned.”
He said the college is a breakout from the Finance and Logistics College located in Owerrenta somewhere between Aba and Owerri.
He said due to growth and development, it was considered that the colleges should be separated while the logistics college is now moved to Kano.
He said it was just a coincidence that the CNS is from Kano, adding that nation building is the responsibility of all.
“The Naval base in Kano was established purely for administrative and operational reasons. It is to give vent for proper development of the two colleges, the base will also offer support to naval operations in the North, the operations in the North are currently being supported farther such as Lokoja, Abuja, Lagos but with this base, operations in the North-West, North-Central will greatly be enhanced,” he said.
He said the finance college, therefore, remains in Owerrenta.
Explaining further the service’s presence in the North, he said the Navy has a Provost Training College in Makurdi, Benue State, adding that the Navy is heavily involved in anti-terrorism operations across the North alongside other security agencies.
He said the Service is also establishing a forward operating base at the Oguta Lake because of increasing activities of IPOB/ESN as well as sabotage of our oil and gas facilities.
He added that another base is being established at the Lekki axis in Lagos to protect economic investments critical to the nation’s economy.
“Significantly, the Dangote refinery is coming on stream. It is not just a refinery but with a fertilizer plant. There are several other developments along that corridor worth hundreds of billions of dollars worth protection so the Navy is also establishing a base to attend to these,” he added.
For his part, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, who was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, AVM James Gwani, said investigation was ongoing following the accidental airstrike that killed citizens in Yobe State.
“Investigation is ongoing, it is a very painstaking process, we are in constant communication with Yobe State government and the moment the investigation is completed, I’m sure Nigerians will be told the outcome,” he said.
He added that though the deployment of Super Tucano jets have yielded positive results in the battle fields, he noted that they alone won’t end insurgency and banditry.
He, therefore, called for collective efforts to end the menace ravaging the country.
“A-29 Super Tucano have brought in alot of bites to the fight and I can tell you for a fact that as we speak,the air planes are flying in the North East.
“There is a very positive response as to the effectiveness of the operations of those air planes in the theater of operations but Air power alone cannot win this war.
“It will take a collective efforts like the CDS has said the military,CSOs and every other stakeholders. While the Super Tucano is going to play a very prominent role let’s not sit back and think the Super Tucano alone is going to end this war, it is not going to happen. It is going to be a collective efforts,” he stated.