- The Nigerian Navy has explained why it has to continue its training activities in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Frederick Ogu, a senior naval officer, said training is mandatory as they are done in preparation for war
- Ogu, however, said the Navy has adopted Information Technology (IT) which makes it possible for officers to attend training virtually
Despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Nigerian Navy has said it will continue the training of its personnel to keep abreast of emerging developments.
Premium Times reports that Frederick Ogu, Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Naval Training Command, Apapa, Lagos, made this known at the Social Dinner Night of the command on Sunday, December 20.
He said the Navy has made provisions to ensure that training does not stop throughout the year.
The FOC said:
“We train for operations and for war in case the situation arises, therefore, our trainings are compulsory and cannot be stopped."
Ogu said Information Technology (IT) had become an integral part of the command’s training programmes so that personnel did not always have to be physically present during training.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that 43 Nigerian Navy personnel have been declared wanted after absconding from their duty without permission or resignation.
It was gathered that most of the officers were serving on Naval vessels and ships amid foreign missions in European countries when they fled.
According to the circular, displayed at the Navy headquarters in Abuja, all personnel with information on the whereabouts of the wanted officers are to apprehend them or be dealt with as an accomplice.
In another report, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, has approved new appointments of some senior officers in the Nigerian Navy.
The Navy Director of Information, Commodore Suleman Dahun, made this known in a statement in Abuja.
He said the reshuffle affected 110 senior officers, consisting of 33 Rear Admirals and 77 Commodores.
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