Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has assured that Nigeria would rise from the ashes of its challenges to be the pride of Africa.
The Governor gave the assurance during the commissioning of the Central Bank of Nigeria Intervention Projects at Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics College, Owerrinta, Isialangwa South LGA where he was a Special Guest.
Governor Ikpeazu noted that Nigeria is bedevilled with untold security challenges, with insurgency at the fore, which requires immediate attention, capping the enormous challenges the situation places on the shoulders of the Navy and other security agencies in the country.
He used the occasion to charged the leadership of the Nigerian Navy to tailor their trainings to be in line with the 21st century challenges, as well as urged the students of the College to make good use of the conducive environment provided for their learning.
Ikpeazu stated it is time to consider encapsulating Finance Intelligence in the curriculum of the Armed Forces of the country to monitor movement of funds outside the country, especially by insurgents.
He commended the vision and depth of the Nigeria Navy in thinking towards training as what is required to enhance the confidence of the officers and men of the force and expressed happiness with the track record of the Nigerian Navy.
In his goodwill message, the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma lauded the officers and men of the Navy for their efforts in protecting lives and property in Abia and Imo States.
He thanked the management of the CBN for the intervention in the College and commended the citizens of Abia and Imo States for their sustained support to the Nigerian Navy in doing their job and urged them to sustain the support to the officers and men of the Navy
Speaking, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo said the event was a testimony of the good relationship existing among the Nigerian Navy, CBN, Abia and Imo States. He saluted the collective efforts of the stakeholders and CBN in realizing the projects .and expressed gratitude that the college has introduced OND and other practical courses.
In her speech, the representative of the CBN, Mrs. Amina Oni said the college was important to the development and trainings of the officers hence the need to intervene in the construction of the buildings,which she described as part of the corporate social responsibility of CBN.
Earlier, the Commandant, Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics College, Owerrinta, Commander Suleman Abdullah appreciated the CBN for the construction of building projects
which include; Administration Block, Academic Block, Auditorium, Library & Dinning Halls, Hostels amongst others.
He said the buildings would assist the institution greatly and thanked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for his support, saying that he was pleased by the Governor’s presence at the event.
One of the projects, a gigantic three storey male hostel building was named after a former Military Governor of the old Imo State, Rtd. Navy Commodore Amadi Ikwechegh.
Executive Chairman of Isiala Ngwa South LGA, Chief Ike Anyatonwu was also at the event which attracted the presence of Mrs. Ikwechegh, wife of the Late Commodore Amadi Ikwechegh.