On Tuesday, Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State met with the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, to discuss ways to tackle insecurity in the state and the South East.
Mbah said that his administration is committed to achieving exponential growth in the state through sound economic policies but that these policies can only succeed in a secure and peaceful environment. He, therefore, called on the Nigerian Navy to expand its operational activities to the state and partner with his administration to end insecurity in the South East.
The governor also said that the visit was to identify with the naval chief from the state and appreciate President Bola Tinubu for the honor of appointing a son of the state as CNS.
“If we must deal with the root causes of insecurity, we must adopt both kinetic and non-kinetic approaches to dealing with insecurity, and we felt that the big elephant in the room was to address those activities that may be an inhibition to bringing in investors to our state.
“We felt that it was a clog in the wheel of our continued development, which was why immediately I took over as the governor, I convened the security council meeting.
“Following that, we made an announcement that we wanted the Monday sit-at-home to end because we have zero tolerance for that.
“We needed to heighten our security architecture and to mobilize all the security agencies in our state to be able to deal with this, and thus far, we are getting the required support we need from the various security agencies.
“We are also hoping that we are going to invite the Navy on board to join hands with us to be able to deal with these big elephants in the room,” he said.
Rear Admiral Ogalla, the CNS, said that the Nigerian Navy’s partnership with state governments has been essential to their successes. He added that the current security challenges facing the country require a comprehensive approach and that the Navy has expanded its operations to cover a large portion of the region.
Ogalla stated that the naval base and special forces deployed in the South East have been contributing to the region’s security apparatus and promised to extend those operations even further. He said that the Navy will continue to partner with state governments and other stakeholders to provide a favorable environment for businesses to prosper, which will ultimately benefit the country’s economic well-being and progress.
“I want to assure you that the Nigerian navy will continue to support and collaborate with you for mutual benefits and progress of our dear country, Nigeria and Enugu State,” he said.