As part of the current administration’s drive to reposition the country, the Federal Government has contracted the manufacture of gun boats to Almarine, a division of John Holt Plc.

Leading a delegation of the Board of Directors and management of the firm on a courtesy call to the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibot-Ete Ekwe Ibas, its Chairman, Chief Christopher Ezeh, assured of his company competence to deliver on the contract.

His words: “My presence today with my colleagues is to gratefully acknowledge the Navy’s contract to us for the manufacture of gun boats. As your senior officers sent on inspection of our facilities can confirm, we have sufficient expertise to successfully deliver this project and others such as Ambulance Boats, Mass Transit Boats and Patrol Boats which may be of need to the Navy”.

Ezeh also commended Ibas for his commitment towards equipping the Nigerian Navy for readiness in combating incidents of pipeline vandalisation, piracy and other crimes on our waterways.

He assured of his company support in the Navy’s fight against sabotage, which he stressed is a threat to Nigeria’s national security and has a negative impact on the economy.

Ibas in response thanked the company team for their visit and pointed out the government’s current interest in locally manufactured products. He assured of the Navy’s support provided their needs are met. He also highlighted the Navy’s continued determination to ensure security of the nation’s waterways.

THISDAY has reported that John Holt Plc is a key player in various sectors of the economy for about 120 years.

Its key competencies are in the areas of boat building and marine services, power generation, construction, fire and safety equipment, cooling systems and warehousing services.