The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, PhD has assured the Nigerian Navy of the commitment of the government and people of Abia State to continue to provide support and cooperation as they carry out their lawful duties in the State.
The Governor gave this assurance today when he received in audience, the new Commandant of the Nigerian Navy School of Finance and Logistics, Owerrinta, Isiala Ngwa South LGA, Commodore S H Abdullahi at Government House Umuahia.
Governor Ikpeazu informed the new Commandant that the Nigerian Navy and indeed, all the arms of the Armed Forces and other security agencies operating in the State have and will continue to enjoy the consistent support of the State Government because security remains a key enabler of development.
Describing Abia as a “Haven of Peace”, the Governor told his guests that our people are blessed with natural peaceful dispositions which has been responsible for the low level of violent crimes in the State for several years.
Governor Ikpeazu also thanked the outgoing Commandant of the School, Commodore Olukoya for his professionalism and patriotism while he served at the School and wished him well in his new posting.
He then formally welcomed Commodore Abdullahi to Abia State and wished him well and prayed that he will move from this assignment to a higher rank. He also asked the Commandant to convey his personal regards and those of the government and people of the State to the Chief of Naval Staff.
Earlier the outgoing Commandant, Navy Commodore D O Olukoya told the Governor that the new Commandant is one of their best hands and assured him that the harmonious relationship between the State and the Naval formation will flourish even more under his watch.
Also speaking, the new Commandant of the Nigerian Navy School of Finance and Logistics, Navy Commodore S H Abdullahi thanked the Governor for the warm reception, describing him as a very simple Governor. He told the Governor that as a fellow Alumnus of the University of Maiduguri, there was already in place, a platform for brotherly interaction between the two of them.
He informed the Governor that this was his second posting to the State, having served at the same School many years ago as a young officer and Head of Training. He expressed his delight to be returning as the Commandant of the School and assured the Governor and the people of the State that he will discharge his duties with the highest standards of patriotism and professionalism while ensuring that the excellent relationship between the Navy and the State Government continues to blossom.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Homeland Security, Mr. Sopuruchi Bekee was present at the brief but very impressive event.