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Bauchi: Bala backs Army’s efforts to modernise operations

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state Wednesday expressed confidence that the Nigerian Army is well-equipped and determined to defend Nigerians against all forms of insecurity with the modernisation of its operations.

Speaking at the commissioning of the new headquarters of the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps complex and the opening ceremony of the Armour Reunion Celebration held at Obienu Barracks, Bauchi, the governor stated the need for strengthening the country’s security architecture by boosting the morale of troops and improving the welfare of military personnel for efficient service delivery.

Represented by his deputy, Hon. Auwal Jatau, Governor Bala stated that the Obienu Barracks new complex, with its state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, will undoubtedly serve as a hub for the training and deployment of personnel and coordination of the operations of the Armoured Corps. 

“I must commend the foresight and initiative of the leadership of the Nigerian Army in undertaking the construction of this impressive complex. At a time when our nation is facing numerous security challenges, it is heartening to see the army taking proactive steps to strengthen its operational capabilities and enhancing the readiness of its Armoured Corps. 

“I am particularly proud and grateful that this important military structure has been established within our state. I am certain that the Armoured Corps will continue to play a pivotal role in the ongoing efforts to combat terrorism, banditry, and other forms of insecurity in the North- east region.”

He recalled that the Armour Reunion celebration was designed to bring both serving and retired armour officers together to deliberate and share knowledge and experience on the way forward in strengthening the capabilities of the Armoured Corps as the initiative would go a long way in enhancing the capacity of the Nigerian Army in Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency Operations. 

“I have taken personal interest and align with the theme of the reunion, which is “Enhancing the Capacity of NAAC for improved Operational Efficiency within a Joint Environment.” I, therefore wish to affirm my earlier canvassed opinion that the security challenges facing our dear nation can only be curtailed when security agencies and the relevant authorities including states work together towards a common end. This calls for synergy amongst the various security agencies.”

The governor said it is important that the major non-governmental organisations, humanitarian agencies and international partners in Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency Operations share the campaign objectives and do not work at odds with them; hence effective coordination is required among relevant agencies.

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