President Maithripala Sirisena says that a great responsibility lies on Sri Lanka Navy to safeguard our society from drug menace while fulfilling their responsibilities towards the national security.
The Navy should contribute more to implement a broader protection programme than the existing programmes, to prevent illicit drugs from entering into the country, the President further said.
He made these observations participating as the Chief Guest at the opening of the newly constructed two-storied building for the Naval and Ocean Science Faculty at the Trincomalee Navy Base yesterday (28).
President Sirisena said that protecting the country's coastline from different types of smugglers has become a serious problem today. He further said that a special programme should be launched to protect the country's coastline from the smugglers with the assistance of the Tri forces, Police, Civil Defence Force and the Public.
The Government will sternly implement laws against individuals regardless of their status and will not hesitate to take action to punish the wrongdoers, the President added.
The President stated he would take action to implement a program, enabling the officers leaving Navy to join government services they prefer. He pointed out these officers are in an age 40 or 45 which they can serve the country effectively with their knowledge and intelligence after ending a service of 20 or 22 years.
President Sirisena who arrived in Navy Camp, Trincomalee last morning was received by Navy Commander Rear Admiral Jayantha Perera and Defense Secretary M. B. U. D. Basnayake.
The President was accorded a Guard of Honour constituting a hundred naval personnel parading the Presidentís Colours conferred on the Eastern Naval Area. Thereafter, he unveiled the plaque marking the completion of the first phase of the new building complex of the Naval and Maritime Academy. Proceeding to the Electrical School, the President declared open the newly constructed building that houses the well-equipped, spacious classrooms and the state-of-the art technological laboratories designed to provide quality training to naval personnel in electrical and electronic engineering.
Much to the delight of the female Sea Cadets taking part in their annual assessment camp, the President met them at the NMA hockey ground where he expressed his admiration of their enthusiasm in extra-curricular activities and wished them success in their studies.
To mark his visit to the Sri Lanka Navy's largest naval base, President Sirisena planted a coconut sapling at the Navy House premises and placed his signature in the visitor's book.