The Nigerian Navy has stated that it is establishing a base in Kano State because it is intended to be home to the newly-created Nigerian Navy Logistics College.
This clarification, contained in a statement released by the naval spokesman, Suleiman Dahun, was made by the Nigerian Navy, following criticisms over its decision to site a base in the north-western State.
According to the Naval spokesman, all naval establishments and units are called bases notwithstanding their physical location, adding that the Navy’s decision is strategic in decongesting its presence in Lagos State.
“The Navy Board recently approved the establishment of 3 new naval bases in Lekki, Oguta and Kano. Out of these three locations, the decision to site a base in Kano has elicited debates and commentaries in the public”, he stated.
Dahun further explained that, “The base in Kano is intended to be home of the newly created Nigerian Navy Logistics College. For the benefit of doubt and the public, the Nigerian Navy is currently involved in various internal security operations beyond its primary maritime security roles.
“Aside from serving as a training establishment for Nigerian Navy logisticians, the base will also support NN operations in the hinterland.
“Members of the public are requested to note that the Nigerian Navy took a strategic decision to decongest its presence in Lagos area by expanding to locations other than Lagos, Calabar, Warri and Port Harcourt.
“This decision led to the establishment of the Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics College in Owerrinta, Abia State, Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology in Kachia, Kaduna, as well as the School of Health Sciences, in Offa, Kwara State”.