[From INI BILLIE, Uyo]
Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, has inaugurated a 36-room Ratings’ facility at the Naval Base, NNS Jubilee in Ikot Abasi local government area, Akwa Ibom State.
Ibas who commissioned the hall constructed by the Naval headquarters on Wednesday, urged the personnel to maintain the infrastructure provided for them.
He said the project was part of the chief of naval staff infrastructural development going on across the country, adding that it was a deliberate attempt to ease accommodation problem for the personnel.
The CNS, who was represented by the Commander Eastern Fleet, Rear Admiral Perry Onwuzulike, stated that the strategic vision was to develop infrastructure in all the naval bases.
He charged the personnel to take the facility as their own, saying that the naval headquarters had spent a lot of money to construct the project, and as such, should be properly maintained.
He commended the Commander, NNS Jubilee for the infrastructural developmental strides in the base and pledged to canvas for support from the Naval headquarters for more projects.
He said, “I will not fail to use this opportunity to point out that this project, much as we all celebrate the commissioning today, we passionately appeal to the users to please use the facilities with great care. So, that the facilities will last and put to maximum use.
“I know that the one big problem bedevilling this country is that we are quick to take possession of new items, but to put them into use and to maintain becomes a big problem.
“So, for the base and for those that will use these facilities, please, again know that a whole lot of money was spent on this project and it beholds on you to take care of it, so that it will serve generation to come”.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Commander NNS Jubilee, Commodore Abdulmajid Ibrahim, said that the project began in 2018 with foundation laying ceremony.
Ibrahim said that the finishing stage of the project commenced in July 2019 and lasted till December 2020 when it was completed.
He said that the one block of 36 rooms rating arrival hall was constructed to reduce the accommodation problem experienced by personnel when they are posted to NNS Jubilee.
“It is hoped that this building will go a long way to reduce the stress of accommodation on our personnel and also boost the morale of the men,” he said.
Ibrahim commended the chief naval staff for the kind gesture and appealed for support from naval headquarters for the completion of the ongoing officers’ transit accommodation project.