By Yunus, Olawale
Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), has uncovered the dynamic operational transformation, administrative, and institutional restructuring that the Nigerian Army is currently experiencing and undergoing and the substantial support from the federal government. He claimed that such support and transformation will increase the Army’s effectiveness and capacity to address the nation’s new security issues. This was contained in a statement made on Wednesday night by Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations, The COAS made this announcement at Headquarters 2 Division, Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment, in Ibadan
The statement reads, “The Nigerian Army is currently undergoing vigorous and rare operational, administrative, and structural transformation to shore up its capabilities and efficiency in confronting emerging security challenges.”
He urged the soldiers not to fall behind in the transformation that the Nigerian Army is experiencing. Lagbaja pointed out that the Federal Government had been providing the Nigerian Army with support in the form of supplies, combat enablers, and welfare support programmes to encourage soldiers for maximum operational effectiveness.
He said in the statement, “The interventions received from the government include clearing the backlog of Group Life Insurance scheme payment to Next of Kins of deceased personnel, Implementation of NA Accident Insurance scheme, Sponsorship cum scholarships for children and wards of personnel who paid the supreme price, free welfare flights for troops in the front line, medical evacuation of personnel wounded in action for treatment, both in overseas and locally, as well as operationalization of Nigerian Army Aviation with the recent procurement of quantity 12 MD Cayuse Helicopters.”
The Chief of Army Staff urged the troops to repay the assistance of the Federal Government by upholding the Constitution and the Government of the Federation. He reassured them that the difficulties the Division was facing would receive proper attention and stated that the wellbeing of the army was of utmost importance to him.