Pauline Onyibe, Yenagoa
The Nigerian Navy on Tuesday said the collaboration between the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the military will assist to develop a naval force that is well organised, trained and highly motivated to discharge its constitutional roles professionally and efficiently.
It said the collaboration will also impact on the efficiency of the Navy’s standard of complying with international humanitarian laws and human rights in its operations.
Speaking at a two-day workshop at the headquarters of the Central Naval Command Yenagoa the Bayelsa State capital, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Real Admiral Saidu Garba said all human rights are basic rights which all humans are entitled.
The workshop, organised by the CNC in collaboration the ICRC, according to the FOC will assist to develop a naval force that is well organised, trained and highly motivated to discharge its constitutional roles professionally and efficiently.
Garba said: “In recent times, the involvement of the Nigerian Armed Forces in internal security operations have come under intense scrutiny, with international organisations like the Amnesty International reporting on the violations of human rights and international humanitarian law by the Nigerian military.”
Accordingly to him ” The Nigerian Navy, under the leadership of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, recognises the need to to improve on the capacity of her personnel in complying with such laws by collaborating with international organisations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross.”
Also speaking, Isaac Abu, an International Humanitarian Law (IHL) resources person, said the training was organised to share information about the knowledge of international humanitarian law and what it is all about.