The Nigerian Navy (NN) has inaugurated the Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology (NNSAT) in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State for specialised training in surface warfare, armament technology and internal security.
Kaduna State governor, Malam Gov. Nasir el-Rufai who was the special guest of honor, at the event on Friday, said it was imperative to continue to explore technological advancements that would improve training and re-skilling to confront the ever changing threats to security.
The governor commended the leadership of the Nigerian Navy for having the foresight to provide such an institution and reiterated the commitment of Kaduna State Government to support the institution.
His words, “One of the topmost priority of my administration is security of lives and property to all residents of Kaduna State.
“The presence of security installations like this and the presence of heroic military men and women like you will further boost our efforts.
“I will particularly recognise and commend the efforts of the commandant of the institution, Rear Admiral Danjuma Dogonyaro, men and women for helping us to ensure the security of the southern part of Kaduna State.
“It is my belief that this school will contribute to peacekeeping in Kaduna State.”
Earlier, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, said that the significance of school of armament technology could best be appreciated from its very essence on the core mandate of NN.
Ibas said Navy’s ability to appropriately discharge her statutory mandate was a function of available quality personnel, which in turn was governed by appropriate training, operational platforms and other incentives.
He explained that the school is designated as one of the cells of the Directorate of Research and Development of the Nigerian Navy.
According to him, the inauguration of the school is one of NN’s four core seaman professional training schools, initially mandated to train personnel of water warfare specialty in weapon handling and internal security operations.
“The school was equally charged with pre-deployment training of personnel earmarked for special operations/mission.
“With the advancement in weapons systems and technology, coupled with emerging global leanings toward joint military operations, the need to collaborate with Nigerian Army School of Artillery also favoured the establishment of this school.
“This is because both schools train on similar weapon systems guns, hence the need for collaboration,” he said.
Redesigned and relocated to Kachia in Kaduna State from Lagos in 2009, work on the permanent site of the school started in 2010 but continued to operate from the temporary site in Kachia.
The school was then completed and inaugurated on Friday.