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Navy to be made much stronger, says PM
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said that Bangladesh Navy would be made stronger if Awami League was voted to power again.
‘If we can return to power, we’ll surely make this Navy stronger, InshAllah,’ she said.
The prime minister said this while attending a programme marking the commissioning of a new naval base BNS Sheikh Mujib, opening of a 22 multi-storey building and laying the foundation stone of BN Township in Savar and BNS Sheikh Mujib in Khilkhet area in Dhaka.
Sheikh Hasina said the government had been carrying out its hectic efforts to improve the socioeconomic condition of the country.
‘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.
The prime minister said, ‘After assuming power in 2009, our government 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 would be solved to some extent with the inauguration of residential buildings for them.
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.