Rivers acquires 10 gunboats for Nigerian Navy

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has announced that the 10 new state-of-the-art security gunboats acquired by the Rivers State Government would be delivered to the Nigerian Navy to enhance patrol of the state’s waterways.

Speaking after commissioning the 120 Housing Units named Rivers Quarters at the NNS Pathfinder, which was funded partly by the Rivers State Government, Wike urged the navy to use the newly acquired security gunboats strictly for Rivers waterways.

He said Rivers State Government will continue to support the Nigerian Navy with the needed logistics to protect the nation’s assets.

“We have acquired 10 gunboats which would be delivered to the Nigerian Navy in a short while for the protection of national assets in Rivers State”, Governor Wike said.

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He announced that the second road leading to the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder would be reconstructed; pointing out that the first road to the base is nearing completion.

He commended the leadership of the NNS Pathfinder for ensuring that quality was not compromised in the construction of the 120 Housing Units.

In his remarks, Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Ibok Ibas noted that the new accommodation will further boost the morale of the personnel at the NNS Pathfinder.

He noted that the Nigerian Navy is committed to welfare of its personnel.

Chief of Naval Staff lauded the Rivers State Governor for his commitment to the welfare of the Nigerian Navy personnel. He also thanked him for approving the reconstruction of the second road leading to the NNS Pathfinder.

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Earlier, Commander of NNS Pathfinder, Navy Commodore K.O. Egbuchulam disclosed that the Rivers Quarters in the Naval Base was funded by the Rivers State Government with substantial contributions from the Naval Headquarters.