Dalung, Chief of Naval Staff to storm Lagos for Nigerian Navy Diamond Jubilee


The Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung and Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ette Ibas are expected to storm Lagos on the 29th of May as the foremost and biggest indigenous Yatching club in Nigeria.

Navy Sailing Club will be rolling out her boats and sailors in a grand style to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Nigerian Navy and the Democracy Day.

Speaking with Journalists in Lagos on Tuesday, spokesperson of the club, Commodore Tunde Giwa-Daramola revealed that preparation for the Diamond Jubilee boat race and regatta to celebrate the Nigerian Navy which will turn 60 on June 1st and the Democracy day of the biggest black Nation in the world is already in top gear.

According to him, the 1 day event is also an opportunity to expose Nigerian based athletes to water sports to help the Nigeria Rowing, Canoe and Sailing Federation kick start its early preparation for 2020 Olympics holding in Tokyo.

“The people representing Nigeria at the next Olympics games in Rio are basically foreign based athletes despite having the local talents here.”

“Navy sailing club is the hub of water sport in Nigeria, 70 percent of athletes representing Nigeria are from this club and we want to use the event as a take-off preparation for the 2020 Olympics and create more awareness concerning water sports in the country.”

He explained that sailors in various naval commands, Amphibious unit of the Nigerian Army and other boat clubs will be on parade in the triathlon, Kayak, canoeing, open water swimming, sailing events taking place at the club premises situated inside Navy Town, Ojo, Lagos state.

“Hopefully, we are expecting the Minister of Youths and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung Special Guest of Honor and the Chief Host will be the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ette Ibas.

“We are also expecting senior military officers, Chairmen and Presidents of water based sports federations like the Nigeria Rowing, Canoe and Sailing Federation (Admiral Festus Porbeni), the President of the Nigerian Olympics Committee, Engineer Habu Gumel and other dignitaries.”

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