INSECURITY CHALLENGES: FG TO PROVIDE MODERN EQUIPMENT; HARDARE FOR ARMED FORCES-Defence Minister.
Minister of Defence, Munsur Muhammad Dan – Ali has reiterated the federal government’s determination to continue to provide critical infrastructure in the military as well as the much needed operational platforms, hardware and equipment towards ensuring that evolving security challenges are adequately contained in any part of the country.
Speaking during the Commissioning of Projects at the National Defence College (NDC) Permanent Site in Piwoyi, Abuja, the minister noted that new technologies, arms and ammunitions, kits and uniforms will be adequately provided for the military.
“We shall also support viable, contingent and long-term human resource development including operational and professional military education to lift the operational confidence of our Servicemen” he said.
“We shall support the development of measures to emplace sustainable welfare, motivation and morale of our Servicemen now and in the future.
Continuing he said, “As the Commandant mentioned in his opening remarks, these Projects are of Phase 1 of the Project Implementation Plan for the College’s Permanent Site, were awarded in 2009. All these years, these projects suffered the real hazards associated with the fluctuating government revenues, budgetary challenges and irregular funding patterns and also faced the risk of abandonment.
“It is therefore gratifying that after such a journey, the projects have been successfully completed and is being commissioned today.
“I recall with sense of pride that the Permanent site of the College, and its associated physical Master Plan were part of the strategic national vision to emplace the National Defence College as a foremost and internationally recognized institution for the teaching and research in defence, security and strategic studies.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence, Sen. Ahmad Lawan nin his address said, “What I have seen going round and the four projects the Minister of Defence has commissioned means that the President indeed, the Minister and NDC has thought well.
“I urge that the military be given a conducive environment to do their work and there is no better time than now. They need all the support and I also think that at N1.2bn expended on these projects, the government has gotten value for their money.
“For us in the national Assembly I think we need to be in partnership and collaboration with the executive arm of government. We will ensure that whatever is appropriated to the armed forces are given to them.
“We cannot allow what happened in the past to take place because the strength, progress and unity of this country are largely dependent on her armed forces. This is one project, we will continue to ensure its continuity until its completed”.