Navy to be made much stronger: PM

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Dhaka: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Bangladesh Navy will be made much stronger if Awami League is voted to power again.

“If we can return (to power), we’ll surely make this Navy much stronger, InshAllah,” she said.

The Prime Minister said this while attending a programme marking the commissioning of a new naval base BNS Sheikh Mujib and opening of a 22 multistoried buildings and laying the foundation stone of BN Township in Savar and BNS Sheikh Mujib in Khilkhet area of the city.

Sheikh Hasina said the government has been carrying out its hectic efforts to improve the socioeconomic condition of the country, reports UNB.

“We’re trying to put the country’s economic condition on a solid ground…we’re also trying to modernise the forces which are the symbols of our independence so that we can move in global arena with dignity,” she said.

After assuming power in 2009, the Prime Minister said, her government has implemented a good number of projects for the development of the Navy. “The Navy, I can say, has turned into a three-dimensional force globally during the period from 2009 to 2018.”

Talking about the BNS Sheikh Mujib, Hasina said this base– apart of its own operational activities– will play a special role in ensuring people’s welfare and tackling natural calamities.

Sheikh Hasina said the accommodation crisis of Navy personnel will ease to some extent with the inauguration of residential buildings for them.

She mentioned that the government wants those who work for safeguarding the country’s independence and sovereignty to live in comfortable places. “They’ll lead a beautiful life and work for the country with sincerity. That’s our aim.”

Sheikh Hasina handed over the commissioning warrant to the commanding officer Captain Munir Uddin Mallik followed by hoisting the colours and striking of ship bells.

After the inauguration of the 22 multistoried buildings which will be used for various purposes in Dhaka, Chattogram and Khulna Naval areas, the Prime Minister talked to some beneficiaries through videoconferencing.

She also unveiled a book titled ‘Bangladesh Navy in 21st century’.

Earlier, on her arrival at the venue, the Prime Minister was received by Navy Chief Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed.

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