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Blue Economy: First Lady slips Naval vessels into water, affirms Nigeria’s commitment to secure maritime operations

L-R: Deputy Minister for Defence, Turkey, Suay Alpay; Nigerian Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla; Wife of the President of Dearsan Shipyard and her husband, Aziz Yildrim, Nigerian First Lady (Senator) Oluremi Tinubu; Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Bello Matawalle; and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Dr. Ibrahim Kana, at the Launch of 2 High Endurance Offshore Patrol Vessels, in Turkey   Photo: State House

*First Lady (Senator) Oluremi Tinubu, CON, reaffirms President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration’s commitment to more secure and prosperous Nigerian economy

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Nigerian First Lady (Senator) Oluremi Tinubu has described the Nigerian Navy as a strategic enabler to poverty eradication, especially through the enormous potential of the blue economy.

Senator Oluremi Tinubu stated this at the launch of 2 High Endurance Offshore Patrol Vessels, in Turkey.

She said the 76 meters high vessels are a testament to the commitment of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration to a more secure maritime environment for economic development.

Busola Kukoyi, Senior Special Assistant to the First Lady on Media, quoted Oluremi Tinubu to have stated: “The acquisition of the High Endurance Offshore Patrol Vessels is another feat in the Tinubu administration’s commitment to Nigerian Navy’s Fleet renewal efforts towards a more secured maritime environment for Nigeria’s economic prosperity.

“As we appreciate the processes that have brought us here today, I want to commend Dearsan Shipyard for the high-quality ship building capability as well as for attaining this milestone, leading to the launching of the second Offshore Patrol Vessel.”

She also said: “Our gathering here today will undoubtedly, strengthen relationship between Nigerian Navy and the shipyard as well as between Nigerian and Turkish Governments.”

Earlier in his remarks at the event, Dr. Mohammed Matawalle, Honourable Minister of State for Defence, expressed optimism that the newly launched vessels would enhance the nation’s maritime sector.

Matawalle stated: “I attest to the dedication and commitment of the Nigerian Navy not only to securing our territorial waters but also seeing to an improved blue economy and the impact of these vessels on their activities would be significant.”

The Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Emmanuel Oglala noted that the commitment of President  Tinubu to the welfare of Men of the Nigerian Navy and his resolve to provide all that is needed to enhance their job, would ultimately result in reduced crimes in the maritime domain.

In their remarks, the Deputy Minister of Defence, Suay Alpay and the Secretary of Defence, Haluk Gorgun, stated that there is room for more cooperation with Nigeria not only on the area of security but also economic development.

Kukoyi disclosed the Nigerian First Lady later performed the age-long tradition of slipping the ship into water, a task usually performed by an eminent Lady.

The 2 Offshore Patrol vessels are both 76.90 meters in length, a beam of 11.90m and can accommodate 47 crew members, the statement noted.

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