He gave the assurance in Yenagoa yesterday during the 2013 Nigerian Navy ceremonial sunset held at the Central Naval Command.
Represented by his Deputy, retired Rear Admiral John Jonah, the governor described the Navy as the main economic access base of the nation, but regretted that illegal bunkering and crude oil refineries had crippled the economy as well as devastated the ecosystem in the Niger Delta region.
Governor Dickson said the Joint Military Task force (JTF) and the state government were collaborating to curb the menace. He lauded efforts of security operatives in the state for fighting crimes, noting that the state would continue to support the Navy.
The Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral SH Usman, noted the recent success at curbing illegalities in the area, adding that to sustain the momentum demands the collaboration of other stakeholders in the region. He said some level of sanity had resulted from the efforts of the Navy as the rate of illegalities had declined in 2013. He thanked the Bayelsa and Delta State governments for supporting the command to eradicate illegal bunkering on the waterways. Rear Admiral Usman noted that the Navy is always willing, able and ready to defend the maritime frontiers within the context of the transformation agenda contained in the Chief of Naval Staff’s strategic guideline.
– Daily Trust