House Committee calls for more funding of military commands



  House of Representatives Committee on Navy has called for funding of military commands, due to arduous tasks faced by troops daily to maintain Nigeria’s territorial integrity.

Chairman of Committee, Rep. Yusuf Gagdi, made call when he led the committee members on an oversight visit to the Central Naval Command (CNC) Headquarters in Yenagoa, on Friday.

Gagdi lauded command for its professionalism, discipline and prudent management of resources, saying navy had done very well with little resources at its disposal.

He said Arm Forces Act, when passed, would enable navy to prosecute offenders in maritime domain.

“If a pirate is arrested, Nigerian Navy will have right to take him to court for prosecution directly without handing him over to other security agencies,” he said.

committee’s chairman, who later inspected facilities at command headquarters, lamented the dearth of infrastructure there.

“The navy has done incredibly well in terms of the little resources made available to it; the quality of the projects is highly commendable,” he said.

Gagbi noted that the of the naval command in Bayelsa, with its huge economic potential, should get better attention than it was getting.

The Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command (CNC), Real Adm. Obinwanne Egbuchulam, commended the committee on Navy.

He said the command had reduced the level of criminality in the Delta region.

He appreciated the good work the house committee was doing to better the Nigerian Navy.

Egbuchulam said the command, established in 2012, had continued to reduce maritime ills by conducting rigorous routine naval operations and mounting dedicated operations to meet specific mandates.

“As the youngest command with the youngest base, much work has also been done to improve on the operational efficiency and welfare of naval in the area, which you will soon be briefed on.

have no doubt that the Nigerian Navy and, indeed, the Armed Forces of Nigeria will benefit immensely from your oversight visit to the navy formations in this area,” he said. (NAN)