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.