Abuja – The Enugu State Governor, Dr Peter Ndubuisi Mbah, on Tuesday, 11th July 2023 paid a courtesy visit to the newly appointed Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla, at the Naval Headquarters in Abuja.
The essence of the visit was to congratulate Rear Admiral Ogalla on his recent appointment and discuss matters of mutual interest concerning Enugu State and the Nigerian Navy.
Rear Admiral Ogalla, a native of Enugu Ezike in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State, was appointed as the Chief of the Naval Staff by President Bola Tinubu on 19th June 2023. His appointment marks a significant achievement for the South-East region of Nigeria, as he is the second naval chief to hail from that part of the country.
During the meeting, Governor Peter Mbah commended Rear Admiral Ogalla for his dedication to service to the nation. He expressed his delight in having an Enugu State indigene occupying such a prestigious position in the Nigerian Navy. The governor also discussed the importance of cooperation between Enugu State and the Nigerian Navy in maintaining security and promoting economic growth in the region.
In response, Rear Admiral Ogalla expressed his gratitude to Governor Mbah for the visit and pledged his commitment to upholding the security of Enugu State and the nation as a whole. He emphasized the significance of collaborative efforts between the Nigerian Navy and state governments to tackle maritime security challenges, ensure safety at sea, and safeguard the country’s territorial integrity.
Governor Peter Mbah and Rear Admiral Ogalla further deliberated on potential areas of partnership, including training and capacity building for young Enugu State indigenes interested in pursuing careers in the Nigerian Navy. They also discussed strategies to enhance maritime trade and promote tourism in Enugu State, which is known for its rich cultural heritage and tourist attractions.
The meeting concluded with both parties expressing their willingness to foster a strong and mutually beneficial relationship between Enugu State and the Nigerian Navy. Governor Peter Mbah assured Rear Admiral Ogalla of the state government’s support in achieving their shared objectives.
Governor Peter Mbah’s visit to the Chief of the Naval Staff underscores the importance of collaboration between state governments and security agencies in ensuring the overall well-being and development of their respective regions. The partnership between Enugu State and the Nigerian Navy is expected to yield positive outcomes, contributing to the safety, security, and prosperity of Enugu State and the nation as a whole