Navy Decries Perennial Flooding of Barracks in Calabar

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Admiral Medani, FOC, Eastern Naval Command during a facility inspection tour of his command yesterday in Calabar
Admiral Medani, FOC, Eastern Naval Command during a facility inspection tour of his command yesterday in Calabar

The perennial flooding of the Nigerian Navy Barracks in Calabar the Cross River State capital has gone beyond the resources and capacity of the Naval authorities and now requires the assistance of state and federal government control.

Rear Admiral Charles Obiora Medani, the Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command who stated this in Calabar on Monday while inspecting units and ships under his Command said several attempts made by the Nigeria Navy in the past to control the flooding and erosion in the Akim Barracks have defied every effort. “We have a military-and-civil-authorities relationship and we have appealed to the civil authorities to come and help us because the scope of erosion menace in that Barracks is above our resources and we hope this will be done soon”.

Admiral Medani said year in year out, the Nigerian Navy has poured in its meager resources to try to combat the erosion menace yet the rate of flooding at the Barracks has increased making it practically impossible to access large parts of the Barracks when it rains. “The rains would soon set in and we hope something will soon be done to address the situation and on our part we are doing the much we can to stem the tide of flooding in that area”

Speaking on the state of facilities at the Eastern Naval Command, the Flag Officer Commanding said he is impressed with the state of preparedness of the Command to combat any form of militancy and piracy in the Calabar –Equatorial Guinea – Gabon water ways and assured those travelling on that route to have their minds at rest.

He said within months, the 100 bed Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital in Calabar will soon be commissioned going by the fast pace of work going on in the place. “The Nigerian Navy does not condone the abandonment of projects and I can assure you that being a point of reference, every effort is being made to bring life to the place and that will be soon”.

Rear Admiral Medani said the facilities at the Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Atimbo are comparable to those in some of the best schools in the country though the standard of teaching in the school could be improved on; the quality of learning and performance of the students whom he tested is above average.

Places inspected by the FOC include the NNS Victory, Fleet Support ships, the Nigerian Navy Clinic, the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital Calabar, the Nigerian Navy Primary School, Ikot Ansa Calabar, the Nigerian Navy Barracks Atimbo and the Nigerian Navy Barracks, Akim.

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