Economy Health and Safety

Yuletide: Navy offers free medical treatment to Ogun island community

Anti-Piracy Act Inadequacy: Navy seeks inter-agency cooperation
Written by Maritime First

…As NEMA Unveils ‘Operation Eagle Eye’ for enhanced risk management in Borno***

The Western Naval Command (WNC) of the Nigerian Navy on Tuesday provided  free medical treatment for no fewer than 500 residents of Tongeji Island in Ipokia West Local Government Area of Ogun.

The Flag Officer Commanding of WNC, Rear-Admiral  Habila Ngalabak, who flagged off the medical outreach on the island, said it was part of the humanitarian services to the people.

He said: “This island is located within WNC Area of Responsibility which extends from the boundary with the Central Naval Command in Ondo State to the border with the Republic of Benin.

“This covers about 30,800 square nautical miles.
“By deploying personnel on Tongeji Island, the command has been able to reduce the reaction time for combating threats, thus providing a safe environment for economic activities to thrive.

“This feat would not have been possible without the support of the locals whose continuous cooperation has been invaluable,” he said, noting that it was for this reason that December 25 was chosen to “ bring peace through free medical test and treatment to the residents of Tongeji island.’’

He gave an assurance  that the command would continue to do its best to ensure the waters were safe for legitimate businesses while warning criminals to steer clear of the area.

“I also want to thank the leadership and indigenes of Tongeji Island for their continued support for Nigerian Navy operations,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, the Akoko of Tongeji Island, Oba Biolorunkosi, said he was grateful for the gesture by the Navy, assuring it  of  the community’s continued support.

He, however, appealed  to the government for more support.

One of the beneficiaries, Ibrahim Suleiman, who was tested and given drugs for malaria, commended  the Navy for the  gesture.

Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has unveiled Operation Eagle Eye, for enhanced response and disaster- risks management in Borno.

The NEMA’s Information Officer, North-East Zonal Office, Mr Abdulkadir Ibrahim indicated this in Maiduguri on Tuesday, saying that the exercise was inaugurated in partnership with stakeholders on Monday in Maiduguri.

About the author


Maritime First