Chief Of Air Staff Hosts Chief Of South African Navy, Discusses Issues Of Cooperation For Enhanced Security
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, played host to the Chief of South African Navy (CSAN), Vice Admiral Mosiwa Samuel Hlongwane at the Headquarters Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on 27 September 2017. The South African Naval boss was on a working visit to Nigeria on the invitation of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas, who had earlier visited South Africa in March 2017. During the visit to CAS, issues bordering on security cooperation and the need to grow the capabilities of African security forces in responding to emerging security threats were discussed.
Vice Admiral Hlongwane informed the CAS that he was in Nigeria on a reciprocal visit to advance the ties between the Nigerian and South African Navies in order to promote regional integration and enhance maritime security in Africa. The CSAN disclosed that it was necessary to pay a courtesy visit to the CAS due to the numerous strategic partnerships between the NAF and the South Africa Defence sector, noting that the partnerships had yielded positive results towards the projection of air power on the continent and beyond. While expressing his appreciation for the warm reception, Vice Admiral Hlongwane informed the CAS that the discussions held with his Nigerian counterpart would enhance the development of maritime security in Africa.
In his response, Air Marshal Abubakar harped on the need for the armed forces of African nations to consolidate efforts, both at continental and sub-regional levels, by harnessing their respective expertise to address the Continent’s security challenges. According to the CAS, the security challenges cannot be resolved by single country, adding that it is only in partnership with other countries that the desired security goal could be achieved. Air Marshal Abubakar then thanked Vice Admiral Hlongwane for sharing his experiences with the Nigerian Navy while reiterating his optimism that the exchange of information and ideas would add value to the security efforts in Nigeria. The South African Navy Chief has returned to South Africa after a successful working visit to Nigeria.
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