The Nigerian Navy has expressed interest in establishing a campus of its proposed university at Ekparakwa, Akwa Ibom.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibokette Ibbas, disclosed this during a meeting with the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel, in Uyo.
Vice Admiral Ibbas said that the decision of the state government to offer the Nigerian Navy a place for its campus was informed by the good working relationship with the state in the last 23 years.
He commended the state administration for giving out the special technical school to the command to establish an institution which would complement the Naval University as a campus.
The naval chief expressed gratitude to Governor Emmanuel for the various support to aid the naval infrastructure with land at Uta Ewa, Essene and the jetty to support their operation, and the provision of two gun boats to boost the naval logistics.
Ibbas said the navy remained committed to ensuring safety of the waterways, and against criminal activities.
“Officers and men have intensified surveillance to guarantee safety of facilities and people in the territorial waters,” Ibbas said.
Speaking, Governor Emmanuel said another school would be approved for the establishment of a Navy Secondary School.
The governor urged the navy to protect the shorelines and guarantee security in the area for various business operations such as the petrochemical industries, Deep Seaport and other infrastructures in the territorial waters.
He told the navy of the construction of a dual carriage road at Ibaka to the oil and gas firm at Urue Offong and Udung Uko to ease traffic to the Deep Seaport.
He expressed the commitment of the state government to partnering with security agencies in the area to ensure safety of lives and property.
The governor also urged the navy to keep an eye on the waterways to forestall reported cases of terrorism by criminals in some fishing islands.