Senate President Akpabio Praises Nigerian Navy’s Role In Curbing Oil Theft And Increasing Production

The Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has linked the current increase in crude oil production in the oil-producing region of the country, to the tireless efforts of the Nigerian Navy in curbing crude oil theft, just as he assured them of the support of the Senate for their continued success.

Akpabio stated this at the weekend in his address at the dinner night in honour of officers of Flag Rank who were retired in 2023, at the Armed Forces Officers’ Mess, Asokoro, Abuja.

He noted that “the numerous arrests of ships and individuals involved in illegal bunkering, destruction of illegal refining sites, smuggled goods and narcotics, as well as the increase in oil production in Nigeria, attest to the tireless efforts of the Navy in combatting the nefarious activities undermining Nigeria’s economy.”

According to him, “Nevertheless, I still challenge the Nigerian Navy to persevere and double her efforts in safeguarding the Nigerian maritime environment. The nation looks up to you and expects nothing short of professionalism, which you have exhibited thus far. Be assured that the National Assembly will support you with all the processes needed to succeed.

“I am most delighted to be in your midst this evening as the Special Guest of Honour for this dinner night in honour of officers of Flag Rank retired in 2023. It is indeed an event to commemorate the meritorious service of you retired senior officers. This occasion allows us to reflect upon the extraordinary service and profound dedication demonstrated throughout your illustrious careers.

“I am convinced that the working principles you garnered while in service, such as discipline, selflessness, and loyalty would provide you a veritable platform in your new endeavours.

“Before your retirement from Service, you all devoted yourselves to the protection and defence of our dear nation’s maritime environment, which has been volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. Indeed, your selfless sacrifices have undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the Navy, the Armed Forces, and the nation as a whole,” Akpabio explained.

Akpabio also noted that “this speech will however not be complete without remembering your colleagues who lost their lives in the line of maritime operations. As for them, we pray for eternal rest.

“Throughout your careers, you have faced countless challenges, displaying resilience and adaptability in navigating the ever-evolving modern world. Despite these challenges, you made a deliberate effort to address the myriad of security threats bedevilling our maritime environment.

“Your unwavering commitment to the Nigerian Navy has inspired generations of service members following. Your leadership and experience will undoubtedly be missed. Nonetheless, we are assured that you will continue to contribute towards the development of the Nigerian Navy and the country at large, particularly within this period when Nigeria requires bespoke strategies for its security challenges.

Speaking further, Akpabio said, “Pertinently, I want to sincerely commend the relentless support of your spouses throughout your illustrious service in the Nigerian Navy. I urge the spouses to continue with their support even in retirement.”

“Let me once again, commend the Chief of the Naval Staff for his efforts at organising this epoch-making send-off ceremony in honour of officers of Flag Rank who retired in 2023. I also thank you for inviting me as the special guest of honour,” Akpabio added.

Adedayo Akinwale