By Hannatu Sulaiman Abba
– To also hold 2021 CNS Annual Conference in the state
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Real Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo informs the governor of Kano state, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, that his office would form a committee to go to Kano and assess facilities the state would provide for the presence of the Nigerian Navy in the state.
This was contained in a statement signed by Abba Anwar,Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State and issued to a newsmen on Thursday.
He made this known when the governor paid him a courtesy visit at his office, at Naval Headquarters, Abuja, Thursday, disclosing that, “We have Naval Special Forces that can serve on any terrain in the country. So our presence in Kano can be possible.”
Governor Ganduje earlier requested if it could be possible for the Nigerian Navy to be visible in the state, all in an effort to improve the security the state has been enjoying for some years since his inception as a governor.
He requested that, “Though we are not in coastal area, which is the main reason why the Nigerian Navy are not visible there. But I am still requesting if there is any way possible Nigerian Navy can be visible in Kano. That could also help in strengthening security in the state.”
Assuring that, “Kano is ready to provide infrastructural facilities for your officers and men. If we can have establishment or formation from you. We will provide all the necessary facilities, including residential areas.”
To also indicate how impressive the state is, as a result of the good synergy between security agencies in the state, he said “We have full cooperation and support from all the security agencies. That is why we were able to send away criminals from Falgore forest many years back.”
And the forest, he emphasised has for long become a military training ground. With the training of over 6,000 military just last month, he noted.
Responding to the governor, the Chief of Naval Staff appreciated that, “Nigerian Navy appreciates your effort in the security architecture in the state. Which is aimed at making Kano better for all.”
Adding that, “Of note, Kano is strategic. We also know that Falgore forest is one of the dangerous forests in the Northern part of the country. But your effort in flushing out all bad elements, shows clearly how you love your people.
Governor Ganduje prayed that, “I am also here to commisirate with you over the untimely death of the Chief of Army Staff and 10 other officers, on behalf of the government and good people of Kano state. May their souls rest in peace.”
Real Admiral Gambo said, “Your Excellency, we are planning to hold Chief of Naval Staff Conference in Kano. This year. People from outside the country will also be there. This is going to be the first time in the state.”