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Army Chief reiterates commitment to soldiers’ welfare

Army Chief reiterates commitment to soldiers’ welfare

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, has reiterated his commitment to ensuring the highest commitment of his administration to enhance the welfare of Nigerian Army personnel and their families.

He emphasised that it would boost troops’ morale and ultimately enhance operational effectiveness.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, revealed the development in a statement on Tuesday.

He noted that Lagbaja made the declaration in his remark at the opening ceremony of the Combat Arms Training Week on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at the Ihejirika Auditorium, Jaji Military Cantonment in Kaduna State.

The COAS stated further, that he considered this year’s CAT Week theme, “Sound Administration: A Panacea for Improved Combat Arms’ Efficiency in a Joint Environment,” to be very apt and relevant.

He added that it resonates with one of the essential beams of his command’s philosophy, which is ‘sound administration’, adding, that it has been established to be among several key indices that enhance the operational efficiency of all formidable military forces over history.

Noting that as someone who has lived extensively in the barracks, General Lagbaja noted that he was not oblivious to the challenges of poor barracks accommodation, infrastructure decay in army medical centres, schools and other administrative issues that have negatively impacted unit administration.

He revealed that to bring succour to personnel and their families, he has initiated intervention programmes, specifically in the areas of accommodation, credit financing, and other family support schemes to enhance troops’ morale and build family resilience.

Lagbaja said, “We have so far structured our intervention plan to make it more encompassing and adaptive to the prevalent economic reality of the nation,”

The Army Chief clarified that this year’s CAT Week, being his maiden one as COAS presents an opportunity to restate his desire to improve the combat arms’ capabilities towards achieving the Nigerian Army’s constitutional obligations.

He challenged the combat arms to leverage the skills and competencies inherent in the Support Corps to enhance their doctrine and capabilities needed to defeat contemporary threats.

Lagbaja expressed gratitude to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu for his unflinching support to the Nigerian Army. He assured of the unalloyed loyalty of officers and soldiers of the NA.

Also addressing participants at the CAT week, the Kaduna State Governor, Senator Uba Sani, who was represented by the State’s Commissioner for Security and Homeland Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, saluted the courage and resilience of troops in confronting the menace of terrorism and insurgency in the country.

He stressed that the expanded footprints of the ongoing operations have brought further succour to troubled areas and Kaduna State in particular.

He averred that the CAT week’s review of sound administration resonates with global best practices and is indicative of the mutual resolve to bring about a safe and secure Nigeria under the current leadership. He also disclosed that effort is in the offing to propose a security fund bill to promote the fight against security challenges.

The Commander Infantry Corps, Major General Olufemi Oluyede, had earlier noted that in meeting the need for a whole-of-society approach to tackling contemporary security challenges, the CAT Week provides a platform for harnessing the collective effort of all stakeholders in addressing the current security challenges in the country.

The opening ceremony of the CAT Week drew participations from all works of life including the economic, defence and security sectors, as well as the traditional institutions.


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