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President Tinubu Committed To More Secure, Prosperous Nigeria, Says First Lady 

Wife of the President, Senator Oluremi Tinubu has declared that President Bola Tinubu is totally committed to a more secure and prosperous Nigerian nation.

The First Lady, who made this disclosure on Friday at the launch of two High Endurance Offshore Patrol Vessels of the Nigerian Navy in Ankara, Turkey said the President will ensure that the security of the country remains a top priority of his administration.

Mrs Tinubu, who described the Nigerian Navy as a strategic enabler to poverty eradication especially through the enormous potentials of the blue economy, emphasized that the building of the two 76 meters high vessels are a testament to the commitment of the Tinubu administration to a more secure maritime environment for economic development.

According to her: “The acquisition of the High Endurance Offshore Patrol Vessels is another feat in the Tinubu administration’s commitment to Nigerian Navy’s Fleet renewal efforts towards a more secured maritime environment for Nigeria’s economic prosperity”.

She further said: “As we appreciate the processes that has brought us here today, I want to commend Dearsan Shipyard for the high-quality ship building capability as well as for attaining this milestone, leading to the launching of the second Offshore Patrol Vessel. 

“Our gathering here today will undoubtedly strengthen relationship between Nigerian Navy and the shipyard as well as between Nigerian and Turkish Governments”.

Earlier, the Minister of State for Defence, Dr Mohammed Mattawalle expressed optimism that the newly launched vessels would enhance the nation’s maritime sector.

His words: “I attest to the dedication and commitment of the Nigerian Navy not only to secure our territorial waters but also to see to an improved blue economy and the impact of these vessels on their activities would be significant “.

Also speaking, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Oglala noted that the commitment of President Tinubu to the welfare of officers and  men of the Nigerian Navy and his resolve to provide all that is needed to enhance their job, would ultimately result in reduced crimes in the maritime domain.

In their remarks, Turkey’s Deputy Minister of Defence, Suay Alpay and the Secretary of Defence, Haluk Gorgun stated that there is room for more cooperation with Nigeria not only in the area of security but economic development.

The First Lady thereafter performed the age long tradition of slipping the ship into water, a task usually performed by eminent Lady.

Deji Elumoye in Abuja

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