President Bola Tinubu was recently bestowed with two cutting-edge autonomous watercraft by the Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, during a ceremony held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Nigeria will receive assistance from its newly acquired vessels to combat security challenges occurring on its waterways. In an official declaration on Friday, the spokesperson for the ministry, Henshaw Ogubike, confirmed that the Nigerian Government had received a generous gift of autonomous vessels from the Swift Ship Company based in the United States.
In the minister’s speech regarding the unveiling of the S2 and S3 Swift Sea Stalkers, known as the cutting-edge advancements, Matawalle emphasized their significance in combating security threats throughout multiple maritime areas in Nigeria such as the Niger Delta, Lake Chad region, and other crucial zones. An official announcement was made on January 5, 2024 by the Ministry of Defence, which was titled “INSECURITY: MATAWALLE PRESENTS TWO HI-TECH UNMANNED WATER VESSELS TO PRESIDENT TINUBU”.
These cutting-edge devices embody the most advanced technology available.
Dr. Bello Muhammed Matawalle MON, the esteemed Minister of State for Defence, bestowed upon His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR, a remarkable offering of two advanced unmanned aquatic vessels within the confines of the presidential Villa. This generous gesture aims to actively combat the prevalent issue of insecurity plaguing not only the vast nation as a whole, but more specifically, its waterways. It is conveyed as a benevolent contribution from Swift Ship Company in the United States.
Also, these two unmanned crafts confidently sail under the banner of the Nigerian Government. Introducing the S2 and S3 Swift Sea Stalkers, the speaker emphasized their significance in combating insecurity not only in the Niger Delta, Lake Chad region, but also in various maritime areas throughout the nation. These cutting-edge devices embody the most advanced technology available, promising a significant breakthrough in ensuring security. The Minister’s recent trip to the USA entailed a productive visit where he personally examined some renowned entities such as NEANY, Swift Ships, and OCR Global.
Fostering a synergistic alliance with American corporations.
The latter, a cutting-edge establishment specializing in military hardware production, captured the Minister’s attention during his inspection. In addition, the Minister emphasized that the outcomes he achieved during his productive tour of various corporations in the United States exemplify the positive results of his commitment. Matawalle informed the President that the purpose of the visit was to advocate novel advancements in technology, which would augment the proficiency of the Nigerian armed forces in confronting present-day security obstacles.
Furthermore, the Minister expressed his intention to foster a synergistic alliance with American corporations, promoting the domestic production of military equipment within Nigeria through a collaborative effort with the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON). According to Dr. Matawalle, the recently discovered alliance would provide Nigeria with a valuable chance to acquire knowledge about cutting-edge techniques in the manufacturing of military equipment, and this aligns with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s commitment to bringing a sense of tranquility and safeguarding the beloved country, Nigeria.
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During his trip to the US, the Minister updated the President on several cutting-edge facilities he observed. These included a highly efficient mobile RADAR system that allows for rapid deployment, an unmanned water vehicle, a central control station for operating drones, as well as a compact biometric search-scan system, among various other innovations. He offered our President a sense of reassurance by assuring him that Nigeria’s battle against insecurity would significantly benefit from the advanced weaponry and intellect in military technology being presented.
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