The Peoples Republic of China has donated 46meters patrol boats and military equipment to the Nigerian Navy.
Receiving the equipment, the Minister of Defence, Retired Major General Bashir Magashi, said the gesture was a consolidation of the bilateral defence agreement between the two countries.
Retired Major General Bashir Magashi, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Alhaji Ibrahim Kana, said current efforts of the Federal Government towards supporting the military to combat insecurity in the country had been yielding tremendous success.
He observed that with the support and donation of equipment from strategic partners like China, the capability of the Nigerian Armed Forces would be further enhanced.
Chief Of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awaal Gambo, explained that the donation of the 46metres patrol vessel to the Nigerian Navy marked another milestone in the bilateral collaboration between the two countries.
He noted that the partnership would ensure a safe and secure maritime environment for socio-economic activities to thrive.
Vice Admiral Gambo expressed optimism that the vessel would further enhance Nigerian Navy’s capacty to check insecurity within the nation’s maritime domain and beyond
The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Cui Jian Chun, said that Nigeria was the most important country and therefore could not be ignored by China.
The representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Tunde Mustapha, said that the relationship between Nigeria and China had been very cordial since it was established in 1971.
Reporting by Mary Fatile; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade