Sapele and Naval College enjoy symbiotic relationship says Navy Commandant Onyenma
By Victor Igherighe
The Commandant at the Nigerian Naval Engineering College, Sapele, Commandant Diri Onyenma has stated that there has been a symbiotic relationship between Sapele, the host community and the naval base.
Commandant Onyenma who stated this while receiving the executive and members of the Nigerian Union of Journalist, Sapele Correspondents’ Chapel who paid a familiarization visit to the naval base recently, noted that this was the third time he has been posted to the Sapele Naval base.
According to him, “I was first trained in the Naval College as a student in 1994 to 1995. I came here again and served as a commanding officer from 2010 to 2012 and I am here again for the third time as a Commandant. All along Sapele have been a peaceful place compared to Lagos and other places. ”
The Commandant further gave a brief history of the Naval College which he said was established in 1982 with the primary responsibility to train Nigerian Naval Engineers noting that the global Navy including the Nigerian Navy was purely technical.
He explained that everything about the ship such as floating, fighting and navigating was purely engineering. “This is why the Nigerian Naval Engineering College is very important and that is why it is hinged on engineering training “, he added.
He explained further that the Nigerian Naval Engineering College has recorded tremendous achievements saying that there were currently eight schools in the college out of which seven are operational while only one is not because it was yet to be commissioned. The schools include Marine Engineering School, Weapons Electrical Engineering School, Basic Engineering School, Nuclear Biological Chemical Defense including Fire Fighting and First Aids School, Automobile Engineering School, Nigerian Navy Driving School, Computer Engineering School and Air Engineering School which is yet to be commissioned.
The Navy Commandant however thanked the members of the NUJ, Sapele Correspondents’ Chapel for the familiarization visit to the naval base promising to sustain the harmonious relationship between the naval base and the Press.
Other officers who joined the Commandant to receive the Press include the Deputy Commandant Captain E. B. Sogbesan and the Commanding officer, Marine Engineering School, E. Chinaka