The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Ibok Ibas, has called for more synergy between the Navy, individuals and corporate bodies in efforts to promote national development.
Ibas made the call on Thursday in Imeri, Ondo State, at the inauguration of a swimming pool and a Computer-Based Test (CBT) centre, built and donated by Sen. Bode Olajumoke to the Nigerian Navy Secondary School (NNSS), Imeri.
The CNS, represented by the Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Oladele Daji, said that such synergy, such as Olajumoke’s initiative, would positively impact on educational and sports development of the students.
He said that the Nigerian Navy would continue to make the much-needed interventions in the welfare of its students to ensure that they remained competitive globally.
“The Nigerian Navy maintains various categories of schools across the country, as part of her contributions to improve the welfare of her personnel and contribution to national development.
“In line with the hallmarks of the service, these schools are established and charged to strive for excellence in character, sports and learning in the delivery of basic education.
“The siting of the Computer-Based Test Centre in the school will equally bring succour to many students within neighbouring communities, who hitherto had to travel long distances to sit for national examinations at enormous costs and risks,’’ he said.
Ibas also commended Olajumoke’s “untiring efforts’’ in partnering with the Nigerian Navy in the quest to transform the NNSS, lmeri, into a world-class educational institution.
Earlier, Olajumoke said that the CBT would assist the school, the students and the community at large, particularly those students who had to travel to neighbouring communities for CBT examinations.
He urged the management of the school to maintain the swimming pool and the CBT centre very well.
The Principal of the NNSS, Imeri, Mrs Barivure Firima, said that the project would play a vital role in shaping the academic career of the students.
She pledged that the swimming pool and the CBT centre would be put to optimal use so as to achieve the objectives for which they were provided.