Security of Rivers Waterways: Governor Wike donates Eight Gunboats to the Nigerian Navy

In furtherance of the state’s investment in the security of lives on her waterways, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Friday  donated eight security  Gunboats to the Nigerian Navy.

Governor Wike  also announced the further acquisition  of 13 Special Boats to be distributed to the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Police for enhanced maritime security.

The security gunboats donated to the  the Nigerian Navy are fitted with special security features, 200 horse power engine, 12.7mm guns, autonomatic grenade launchers and communication  facilities  to navigate Rivers Waterways and creeks.

Launching the security gunboats at the Federal Lighter Terminal, Onne, Governor Wike said that his administration remains committed to the promotion of security of lives and property across the state.

He stated that his administration’s  deliberate investments  in the security  architecture  of  the  state has yielded positive results as Rivers is one of the safest states  where people carry out their businesses without  molestation.

He said: “These boats  are for the security of  lives and property  in Rivers State.  They should not be taken to the neighbouring  states on any account. Any state that wants to secure her waterways  should purchase her own gunboats.

“The truth is that security  is paramount.  There is no governance  without security.  That is why this administration  is investing in security.  We are doing everything  humanly  possible  to support  the security  agencies to carry out their responbilities”.

The governor directed the Nigerian Navy to ensure that they stop sea-pirates from operating  in the State.

He warned the  Navy against  using the Gunboats  for the rigging of  elections. The governor  also assured that he will always promote  the  unity of the country.

In his remarks, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas commended the Rivers State Governor for his provision of the Gunboats and other logistical support.

He assured the governor that the Nigerian Navy will put the Gunboats to use as they ensure the promotion of security of lives and property in Rivers State.

Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder, Navy Commodore Sam Bura lauded Governor Wike for his interest in security matters.

The boats were commissioned  by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonishakin.

Simeon Nwakaudu,

Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor,

Electronic Media.

28th April, 2017.