By Amgbare Ekaunkumo,Yenagoa
The Central Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, has call for support and collaboration from traditional rulers and community leaders in Niger Delta waterways to eradicate maritime crimes .
The Flag Officer Commanding the Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Saidu Garba, made this disclosure to newmens while carrying out free medical outreach in Koluama 2, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
Garba, who was represented by Rear Admiral Solomon Agada, the Chief Staff Officer, Central Naval Command, said a crime-free waterway will help foster the socio-economic development of the communities.
He said the medical Rhapsody which is part of its end of year activities was a strategic directives from the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ibas, to give back to the host communities.
Garba, said the exercise will further help cement the cordial relationship that has been existing between their personnel and their host communities.
He said: “The Central Naval Command choose to bring the exercise this time to Koluama communities which host our Naval Outpost due to Koluama’s strategic importance to the Command’s operations.
“For security of water ways and to further demonstrate the commitment of the Chief of the Naval Staff and indeed Nigerian Navy’s efforts at sustaining harmonious relationship with our peace loving host communities of Koluama.
“The exercise would provide an avenue to sensitize members of the communities on topical health issues as well as provide free medical consultation.
“Treatment and other medical activities which would have positive impact on their health and wellbeing,” he said.
Daily Watch gathered that indigenes of Koluama 1 and 2, communities in Fishtown, in Southern LGA, came out in their number to receive the free medical services provided by the Nigerian Navy.
Speaking at the event, the Traditional Ruler of the Community, His Royal Highness Amakoeo Osaisai, commended the Navy for the kind gesture, saying Nigeria Navy come to their aid when they needed medical attention most as the community has no functional health care center or hospital.
He said they have to travel to Yenagoa, the state capital, which is a distance of about 3 hours on flying boats, to access medical services.
Osaisia, called on other agencies, state and federal government to come their aid by providing functional hospital, Doctors and Nurses to the oil rich community.