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Anti-terror war: N100bn Army budget too small — NASS

By News Express on 23/10/2019

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The Senate and House of Representatives Committees (NASS) on Nigerian Army, yesterday, expressed fears that the N100 billion allocated to Nigerian Army in the 2020 budget was inadequate for country prosecuting a war against insurgency. The two committees of the National Assembly spoke as members visited the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, and Principal Staff Officers, following the conclusion of their visit to Army commands and formations nationwide to ascertain the readiness and capabilities of the Nigerian Army towards fulfilling its mandate to the nation.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Ali Ndume, and Deputy Chairman, Senator. Abba Moro, led the Senate Committee, which included the Clerk of the committee, while Chairman, Reps Committee on Army, Abdulrazak Namdas, and his deputy, Tajudeen Adefisoye, led the House Committee, which included the Clerk.

Speaking before the NASS members went into a closed session with the Army hierarchy, Ndume said the committees were very proud of the massive development of infrastructure, discipline and organisation noticed in all the formations and commands they visited.

He said: “I am a barracks boy. I grew up in the barracks because my father was a soldier, so I know what the Army used to be in the past and what it is now.

“What we have seen in Zaria, Maiduguri and other commands and from our interactions with officers and soldiers, it is very encouraging and we are proud of the Army. “However, we observed that there are serious challenges such as accommodation and even equipment to meet up with the task placed on the soldiers of the Nigerian Army.” On his part, Namdas said the Reps Committee was impressed with the professionalism of Nigerian soldiers, citing the visit to Operation Lafiya Dole where the Theatre Commander, Major General Adeniyi, showed them vehicles rehabilitated and constructed by the Nigerian Army. Such vehicles included MRAVs, which are being spearheaded by the Chief of Army Staff at Command Engineering Depot. The vehicles are needed to fight insurgency. N100bn budget for army insufficient While noting that the entire budget for the Armed Forces of Nigeria was N100 billion, Namdas said for a military currently prosecuting a war and needed equipment and weaponry to achieve its objectives, there was need for more funding.

He said: “N100 billion when we are in a war situation, is not sufficient. We have to find alternative ways of funding, apart from the general government budgetary process, because the nation relies heavily on the Army for security.”

Responding, Lt. Gen Buratai said he was happy that both houses of National Assembly hit the road on resumption of duty without waste of time, and have started making efforts to address the major challenges facing the Army.

Buratai said:  “What you have seen is a true reflection of the Nigerian Army of today, which is professional, loyal and committed. We have made efforts to expand the Nigerian Army in line with its present Order of Battle, ORBAT.

“We have ensured that we sustain all our training exercises and we have not missed any since 2015 and 2016. There was no quarter that we did not conduct our training exercises.

“You are aware of such exercises as Egwu Eke now Atilogwu Udo; Ayem Akpatuna; Crocodile Smile; and Harbin Kunama. These are training exercises that have enhanced the professional competence of troops.

“For us to continue to meet up with this responsibility and other tasks placed on us requires funding. We are, therefore, happy that you are looking at alternative sources of funding for our activities and operations.

“I want to assure you that the Nigerian Army is loyal and committed and we will always subject ourselves to the supremacy of the constitution and civil authority.” (Vanguard)

Source News Express

Posted 23/10/2019 11:46:11 AM





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