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Budget Defence: CNS Seeks Legislative Support For Repositioning of Nigerian Navy

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Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo has called on the House of
Representatives committee on the Nigerian Navy (NN) to continue to support the quest to
repositioning the Service for a more effective discharge of its constitutional responsibilities.

In a statement by Commodore Suleiman Dahun, Director Information, Nigerian Navy, Saturday, Vice Admiral Gambo made the plea while defending the 2022 budget of the service, before the Committee.

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According to the CNS, the NN in the last 2 decades has been mainly pre-occupied with her policing roles, espicially countering the threat of crude oil theft, ilegal bunkering, pipeline vandalism and piracy induding internal seaurity breaches and asymmetric threats in theform of insurgency and terrorism, amongst others.

He observed that to continue to tackle these threats in the nation’s interest, the NN needs
to budget tor the acquisition of appropriate platms, equipment and infrastructure without
ignoring personnel welfare.

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While commending the Federal Government for boosting the renewal of NN’s fleet with some major platforms, Vice Admiral Gambo stated that more platforms are required to enhance presence at sea in defence of Nigeria’s maritime interest and sustain ongoing efforts against crude oil theft and other maritime related crimes.

Giving a breakdown of the implementation of the 2021 budget, the CNS stated that the
Sum of N25,315,694,967.00 was appropriated which has so far been fully released, while out
of the overhead expenditure of N11,240,714,5956.00, the sum of 8,430,536,216.97 (75 percent) has so far been released.

He further informed for the year 2022, the NN’s capital budget proposal has been reviewed to the sum of N25,815,694,968.00 and overhead cost pegged at N14,240,714,955.00 in line with the ceiling given by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning, while personnel cost proposal amounts to 108,167,092,586.00 for the payments of salaries and particularly the allowances contained in the Manual of Financial Administration for the Armed Forces of Nigeria (MAFA) 2017.

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He also identified the immediate challenges to the NN operational efficiency to include
inadequate platforms, inadequate jetties, inadequate arms and ammunition and obsolete logistics support facilities.

Others, he added are huge material personnel cost for maintaining seized and arrested vessels and barges and shortage of barracks accommodation.

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