The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday in Lagos commissioned Seaward Defence Boat III, also known as NNS Oji, built by the Nigerian Navy.
The event marked the inauguration of some recently acquired platforms and the keel-laying ceremony for the construction of Boat-IV and Boat-V.
NNS Oji is the third of its series to be locally built at the Naval Dockyard Limited, Lagos solely by Navy engineers after the successes of NNS Adoni, and NNS Karaduwa, commissioned in 2016 by President Buhari.
Speaking at the event, Buhari said the new inductions to the Naval fleet would boost their capability in securing Nigeria’s maritime domain.
This is as he charged all naval personnel to maintain professionalism and ensure good use of the newly built and recently acquired platforms including NNS LANA, KANO, IKENNE, ABA, SOKOTO and OSUN.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, titled ‘At Naval Dockyard, President Buhari Commissions NNS Oji, Another Made-In-Nigeria Vessel.’
He quoted Buhari as saying, ‘‘We should note that we are in a critical period where our country is faced with a serious decline in our revenue and the security challenges we are facing.