The Nigerian Navy (NN) said it would continue to strengthen the existing relationship with its South African counterpart for better service delivery.
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) , Vice Adm. Ibok Ete-Ibas, said this when the Chief of the South African Navy, Vice Adm. Mosiwa Hlongwane, paid him a courtesy visit at the Naval Headquarters on Tuesday in Abuja.
Ibas said the visit would not had come at a better time than now, that the two countries’ oceans needed more protection than ever.
He said this was especially critical given the activities of sea pirates and crude oil thieves.
The CNS also reminded Hlongwane of the existing relationship between the two countries’ naval organisations since the 1990s, and the need to further strengthen it for good.
He said the two countries Naval forces initiated strategic a forum where they would be mobilised in safeguarding the oceans for economic development.
He noted that the challenges facing the two countries’ navy was similar, hence the need to collaborate with each other for safety purposes.
Ete-Ibas also said that capacity building should be explored as well as partnership in other areas that could be of great benefits to the two countries’ navy.
Hlongwane expressed delight at the visit and promised to assist the NN for the security of the nation’s water ways.
He said his visit to the Ete-Ibas was in reciprocation of the visit he (the CNS) had earlier paid to his country, promising to explore areas of interest with the NN for better service delivery.