Shagunu Naval Base: Niger governor rekindles talks with Chief of Naval Staff

Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has rekindled discussion with the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas on the establishment of Shagunu Naval Base in Borgu Local Government Area of the State.

This is in a bid to tackle the influx of bandits suspected to be from neighbouring countries in to some parts of Niger State.

The governor recently visited the CNS as part of his efforts at ensure the security of lives and property of the people, the Chief Press Secretary to Niger State Governor, Mary Noel-Berje, said in a statement on Saturday.

The idea of establishing the Shagunu Naval Base in the State was birthed by the State Governor following his meeting with the then Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali.

To ensure a vibrant Naval Base, the state government is working on the provision of basic infrastructure and social amenities such as road, water and power among others.

It is hoped that the presence of a naval base in Shagunu will improve the socio-economic activities of the area and serve as a security check to transnational crime as it is a border area with other West African countries.

In his response, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas assured the governor that the issue will be revisited with a view to expedite actions towards the establishment of the Naval Base in the State while commending the Governor for his proactiveness towards ensuring the safety of lives and property.

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