BY PRINCELY ONYENWE, IMO
IMO STATE GOVERNMENT has doubled efforts to partner with the NIGERIAN NAVY to establish a suitable Naval base in the Oguta area of Imo state Nigeria by the APC led Administration under GOVERNOR Hope Uzodinma.
9News Nigeria reports that His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma has received a high powered 6-man delegation from the Nigerian Navy led by Rear Admiral Odogwu Ezekobe, the Chief of Policy and Plans, on a familiarization visit to the Governor on the proposed Naval Base to be situated at Osse Moto, Oguta LGA.
According to Governor Uzodimma, “the recent events in the State have proven the need to strengthen security in the state to protect our lands and maritime boundaries and curb the criminal activities of oil bunkers and unknown gunmen at the Imo State waterways which is not just a State’s issue but a National sabotage, hence the need for the partnership”.
The Governor in his statement assured them of every necessary co-operation from the Government of Imo State.
Speaking earlier, Rear Admiral Odogwu Ezekobe, disclosed that the partnership can be traced to the good relationship of Governor Hope Uzodimma and the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Zubairu. Rear Admiral Ezekobe stated that protection of lives and properties of Ndi Imo which is paramount to the Administration of Senator Hope Uzodimma will be a good way to seal the friendship.
The Governor and his visitors from the Nigerian Navy inspected the facilities and the waterways at Oguta. The Governor also visited the moribund Oguta Motel and the Oguta Lake and paid homage to the traditional rulers of Osse Moto, Oguta LGA
This recent development will surely cement the relationship of the Imo Government with the Navy and help to combat crime head-on in the Oguta area.
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