Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state says his administration is ready to provide all the necessary support for a naval base in the state.
A statement by the Director of Information, Naval Headquarters, Commodore Suleman Dahun, stated that Ganduje therefore called for the establishment of a base in the state.
He made the request during his maiden visit to the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo, at the Naval Headquarters in Abuja.
The governor expressed the readiness of his administration to provide befitting infrastructures for the base, when established, to ensure a good working environment for the personnel of the service who would be deployed to Kano.
He disclosed that part of the reason for his visit was to commiserate with the Nigerian Navy and the entire Armed Forces of Nigeria over the unfortunate demise of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, along with 10 others in a plane crash.
According to Ganduje, their demise was not only a loss to the Armed Forces of Nigeria, but the entire country, considering the huge sacrifices they made in ensuring peace in the country. He prayed to God for the repose of their souls.
The governor equally congratulated the CNS over his appointment and elevation to the rank of Vice Admiral.
He noted that although the appointment was coming at a difficult time for national security, he was confident in the ability of the CNS to deliver, judging by his track record, disposition and antecedents.
In his remarks, the CNS appreciated the offer for the establishment of a naval base in Kano State, promising to
set up a committee to engage with the relevant authorities in the state, to determine how best the service could use the facilities being offered by the state.
The CNS revealed that based on the wishes of the state to have a naval presence, the service was planning to hold its Chief of Naval Staff Annual Conference (CONSAC) in August, in Kano.
He, therefore, appealed to the governor for support towards ensuring the success of the conference, while lauding his vision to transform the Falgore forest, otherwise known as notorious forest, into a military training ground.
Gambo noted that the development had really helped in sanitising the forest from the activities of criminals for the good of the state.
He also appreciated the governor for emplacing a viable security structure in the state, which had helped to enhance the well-being and prosperity of Kano State and its people.