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Nigerian Navy Deserves Proper Funding – Senate

George SekiboThe Nigerian Senate wants adequate funding of the Nigerian Navy to aid the Force to procure required vessels to clear the over 150 vessel deficit.

According to the Senate, the funding will go a long way in helping the navy to carry out its constitutional responsibilities without relying on Private Maritime Logistics Support Companies (PMLSC).

This is coming after the adoption of the report of Joint Committees on Navy, Marine Transport and Finance and presented by the Chairman, George Sekibo, during the plenary.

His words, “The motion referred the same to the joint committee to investigate the matter aimed at determining the legality of the operations; its revenue and security implications.

“The Senate unanimously agreed to investigate the matter due to its monumental security implications at the Nigerian sea and ports as well as failure to remit funds to the Federation account as alleged by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).”

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George Thompson Sekibo was born on 1 April 1957 in Ogu Town, Rivers State. He obtained a B. Tech Architecture from Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, and a M. Eng. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt, Choba.

He was Chairman/Prefect in some Local Governments in the Rivers State area from 1988 – 1989. He was the organizing secretary of the Democratic Party of Nigeria in Rivers State in 1997 – 1998, Special Adviser on Projects and Special Adviser on works to the Governor of Rivers State 1999 – 2002.

George Thompson Sekibo was elected to the National House of Representatives for the Ogu/Bolo/Okrika constituency of Rivers State for the 2003 – 2007 term.

As chairman of the Senate Committee on Solid Minerals Sekibo severely criticized the Solid Minerals Ministry for failing to release $10 million granted by the World Bank to assist artisanal miners in the country. In February 2009, Senator Sekibo sponsored a probe into misuse of the Development of Natural Resources Fund (DNRF) and related funds operated without National Assembly (NASS) approval. In April 2009, Sekibo’s Committee on Solid Minerals said that Julius Berger Nigeria may have been illegally exporting granites from quarry sites in Ebonyi State.

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