The Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd) has charged the 1562 trainees ratings of Batch 33 of the Nigerian Navy Basic Training School to maximise their potentials and add value to the nation.
Magashi, who spoke through the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao at the passing out ceremony of the naval trainees said: “The school, has, over the years, maintain the mandate of transforming civilians into professional and competent ratings.
“I’m aware that over the years, the trainees are involved in best practices to face contemporary challenges involved in meeting global standard. I am convinced that you have acquired the requisite knowledge and capacity necessary for effecting the execution of kinetic means of resolving conflict during crisis. I, therefore, urge you to effectively utilise the acquired skills in the discharge of your duties in support of national security.
“To further strengthen the armed forces and improve national security, I am aware that the Nigerian Navy has made effort to enhance infrastructural development as well as transform acquisition and recapitalisation.
While emphasising on the need for selflessness and hardwork, Magashi reminded the trainees that they were joining the service at the time the country requires such traits, particularly members of the armed forces, for effectively combating the present security challenges across the country.