A group, #Prayer And Support The Nigerian Armed Forces And Other Security agencies, has congratulated the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo on his 57th Birthday.
A statement from the group, said that since the assumption in office by Admiral Gambo, he has demonstrated selflessness and an unmatched dedication in the discharge of his responsibilities which have produced glaring results in the nation’s maritime domain.
The statement signed by the convener of the group, Mary Fatile quoted a former UK Secretary of State for Development, Ms. Hilary Benn, as saying that development without security is not possible and Security without development is only temporary, adding that going by this, It is no longer news that insecurity in the nation water ways has been curb drastically since the CNS took charge of the Nigerian Navy.
The statement reads in part; “The Nigerian Navy under the watch of Vice Admiral Gambo has sustained the fight against Piracy thereby denying economic saboteurs the lure way to siphon the benefits of the nation to the turn of over Billions of Naira every week.
“This he did, by enhancing surveillance of the nation’s maritime domain , with the introduction of the use of drones, deployment of helicopters to patrol the creeks and the Falcon Eye surveillance facility, to monitor the nation’s territorial waters as well her corridors of the Gulf of Guinea .
“This intentional move has succeeded in eradicating crude oil theft and other maritime related crimes in no mean way and has also promoted foreign navies like France, Italian , among others, to pledge to partner with the Nigerian Navy to address sea robbery and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea’s corridor.
“Interestingly, activities of pirates and other transnational organised crimes that have been a major threat to maritime security and economic development in the Gulf of Guinea and the entire region has been dealt with drastically by the Nigerian Navy with the help of Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo , thereby resulting in a positive global assessment of Nigeria, with the historic delisting of the country from piracy prone state by the International Maritime Bureau.
“As he marks 57 years of impactful living, members of Prayer And Support for the Nigerian Armed forces and other Security agencies, pray for more wisdom for him to move the Navy beyond where it is and wish him more years in good health.”