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The Chief of Naval Staff advices youths on military careers.

Vice Admiral Auwal Zubairu Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff, has urged Nigerian youths to broaden their horizons when considering careers in the Nigerian Navy and other armed forces.

Gambo, who was represented by Captain Aliu Umaru, Commanding Officer, Naval Base Oguta, Imo State, and other naval officers, revealed this at the donation of educational materials under the Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) programme.

The initiative intended to improve learning in the schools that benefited, including Umunoha High School, Umunoha Community School, St. Paul’s Nursery and Primary School, and Obeakpu Primary School, all located in Umunoha, Mbaitoli Council, Imo State.

He pleaded with them to abstain from fraud, drug abuse, cultism, gangsterism, and terrorism, emphasizing that the Navy was committed to fostering an enabling environment conducive to the development of pupils and students, as evidenced by the donation to each of the benefiting schools of six magnetic whiteboards, 12 dusters, six packets of marker, 1,100 exercise books, 400 pencils, and 400 rulers, as well as the construction of six toilet blocks and the sinking

He also urged the civilian populace to unite with the armed forces in order to combat insecurity in the country.

“The Navy provides excellent career opportunities for young Nigerians, not only in terms of serving their country with dignity and pride, but also in terms of sailing the seas and seeing the world from the vantage point of sailors.

“As a result, I strongly encourage young people and students to seriously consider careers in the Navy. Apart from the Navy, you might explore a career in any of the Armed Forces, including the Army and Air Force,” he explained.

Mrs. Uchenna I. Amaefule, principal of Umunoha High School, responded by lamenting the institution’s condition of disrepair, saying: “Please express our plea to the Flag Officer and Commander to assist us as well in the area of infrastructure.”

“Our administrative and classroom buildings are in a state of disrepair. Our science laboratories are unremarkable. After class, our teachers congregate around the mango trees in the compound, waiting for the next lesson period to report to class. “We don’t have a place to call home,” she explained.

Governor Hope Uzodimma expressed delight over the donation of the materials and pledged to maintain a cordial relationship with the Nigerian Navy, Uzodimma was represented by Commissioner for Education Sylvester Okorondudu.

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