The Federal Government would provide more support for the military, regardless of Nigeria’s declining revenue.
That is credited to Nigeria’s Minister of Defence retired Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali.
He gave the assurance Saturday at the passing out parade of 90 new Direct Short Service Course 23 and 13 Special Duty Course 2016 cadets at the Nigerian Navy College Onne, Rivers.
The defence minister noted that the assistance would enable the military succeed in its ongoing operations.
The Nigerian troops are carrying out Operations Delta Safe and Tsare Teku in the Niger Delta, and Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-East.
And Dan-Ali maintained that the operations were aimed at ensuring law and order as well as preserving the territorial integrity of the country.
“The President Muhammadu Buhari administration is ever committed and determined to honour its obligations to support capacity-building for the Armed Forces.
“Government is pleased that the Nigerian Navy has added a large number of platforms (war ships) to its fleet, which includes NNS Prosperity and Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV).
“As we speak, the latest OPV to the fleet of the Nigerian Navy is underway from China to Nigeria to improve the defence of the nation’s maritime interests.
“The government is committed to performing its constitutional roles despite the present economic downturn, occasioned by dwindling oil prices and the spike in militancy and sabotage in the Niger Delta,” he said.