By Tunde Oguntola
The Nigerian Merchant Navy (Coastal Defence Force) has called on the federal government to empower the force with patrol vans, rifles, speed boats and also their operational equipment.
The security formation also sought the approval of the force operational letters including promotion, appointment letters and remuneration. In his address during a conference organised to upgrade the skills of its members and to reposition them to better discharge their functions effectively in accordance with the law, the chief of the Nigerian Merchant Navy, Commodore Ichukwu Agaba, emphatically stressed the role of the force in combating piracy, which he said would in turn complement government’s effort to boost maritime trade and unlock the vast maritime potential of Africa.
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