By Our Correspondent
The Cameroonian Navy Ship (CNS) Le Ntem last week berthed at the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) of the Nigerian Navy in Calabar, the Cross River State capital as part of effort to strengthen the synergy between the Navies of both countries to improve security in the gulf of Guinea.
The CNS Le Ntem commanded by Lieutenant Commander Mekinda Betrand accompanied by the Consulate to Nigeria, Foe Michael Atangana were received at the Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Victory jetty by the Flag Officer Commanding the ENC, Rear Admiral James Oluwole who said that the visit was in line with the naval diplomatic role as both countries seek to secure the coastline of the gulf of Guinea.
Rear Admiral Oluwole decried the threat of migration facing the gulf of Guinea and called for more synergy within the sub region to work together as it will be mutually beneficial and pledged the Nigerian Navy’s commitment to effectively police and checkmate criminal activities to ensure maximum safety of the waters reports Channels TV’s Imani Odey.
“To get far, we should work together. This visit is a sign that we want to work far together as not only African brothers, but as two nations that are contiguous. In the last few years, we have seen that the naval cooperation between the two navies has improved tremendously.
“The maritime domain within the Gulf of Guinea is our responsibility. I pray that we would be able to build on this collaboration and see that we are able to carry out an important role of checkmating the maritime crime within the Gulf of Guinea as a whole. The Nigerian and Cameroonian Navy will continue to work together and ensure that we deliver on our various roles,” Oluwole said.
In a similar vein, the Commanding Officer of the CNS Le Ntem said their mission to Nigeria was to foster friendship between the Navies of both countries and celebrate the National Cameroon Day with their Nigerian counterparts holding May 20, every year.
Also, the Cameroonian Consul to Nigeria, Foe Atangana expressed gratitude for the warm welcome by the Nigerian Navy. He called for continued collaboration between the two countries, which he said would be mutually beneficial.
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