The dredging of Oguta Lake in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State begins on May 11, 2023.
The Flag Officer in charge of Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Ibrahim Shetima disclosed this on Friday when he paid a courtesy visit to the Imo State governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma in Owerri, the state capital.
Shetima said he visited to inform that governor he has assumed duty and to invite him to the flag off of the dredging of the lake.
He thanked the governor for his support to the Navy in the state via the provision of logistics and equipment, and assured that he will support the governor and the state to the benefit of Imo people and Nigeria as a whole.
Responding, Governor Hope Uzodimma observed that the Nigerian Navy has come to stay in Imo State, urging the country’s Central Naval Command to come to terms with that reality.
The governor advised the command to “show serious interest in Imo State.”
This, he said, they could do by “establishing Naval Primary and Secondary Schools which the State doesn’t have.”
Governor Uzodimma thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for granting his request to establish the Naval Base at Oguta, noting that “the unity of Nigeria cannot be compromised.”
He appealed to the officers and their other ranks to always see Imo State as a genuine partner.