David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka
Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano has said that the state is partnering the Nigerian Navy to boost security on water ways in the state, especially as it moves to boost commerce and enhanced revenue by creating a viable water transport system.
Obiano disclosed this after a closed door meeting with the Flag Officer Commanding Central Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Saleh Usman.
Obiano told journalists at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, after the meeting that he had fruitful deliberations with the Naval chief, saying that their discussions centred mainly on sustaining the various areas of partnership between the State and the Nigerian Navy.
Some of the partnership areas he identified include improving security especially along the waterways, construction works around the state and boosting water transportation.
The Governor noted that under the state’s vision to commence water transportation on a larger scale this year, his administration targets to develop 13 creeks across the riverine communities of the state, to make for easy movement of vessels and goods, adding that the Nigerian Navy has a major role in ensuring that government’s intentions are achieved.
Usman in his remark explained that his visit was meant to familiarise himself with government and its workings. He stated that his dealings with the state government since his arrival has been smooth, while thanking the governor for his support.
He stressed that the establishment of a naval base in Anambra was made possible because of the numerous prospects water transportation holds for business and commercial activities as well as for Internally Generated Revenue for the state.
He congratulated Governor Obiano for winning reelection with a resounding victory and attributed it to the fact that the people are happy with his leadership, promising that under his command, the Navy will deepen cooperation with the State.