The House of Representatives Committee on Navy has called for the establishment of a Naval Air Base at the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command in Calabar.
Chairman, House Committee on Navy Rep. Yusuf Adamu-Gagdi, said this, yesterday in an interview with newsmen in Calabar.
Adamu-Gagdi led other members of the committee on an oversight function to Navy formations under the Eastern Naval Command.
He said the call for the establishment of a naval air base in Calabar became necessary to increase maritime security surveillance.
The chairman said that having gone round the eastern naval command with members of the committee, he was satisfied that the Nigerian Navy was doing well.
He lauded the navy for the quality of work done on its projects, saying that the service was known for standard and quality.
“We will make sure that the navy, in all the three commands, just like the western naval command has a naval air base; I think there is a need for the eastern naval command to have that base established in order to increase maritime security surveillance.
“There is need for them to have platform like helicopters in order to ensure quick interception of ships and vessels on illegal activities within the maritime corridor.
“If you have things like helicopters and trained navy personnel to go round and ensure that they got those things, be rest assured that the navy will function beyond our imaginations. “In the eastern naval command, they have gone digital, the flag officer commanding has done well with his own tactical commanders for establishing e-administration; we have not seen files in their offices.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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