Senate President, Ahmed Lawan on Wednesday August 11, 2021 disclosed that the National Assembly has approved extra-budgetary funding for modern equipment for the military to enhance fire power and operational needs to tackle security challenges in the country.
He made the disclosure at the graduation dinner for the National Defence College (NDC) Course 29 Participants in Abuja.
The Senate President who was represented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence, Sen. Aliyu Wamako stated that the additional funding would help the military to acquire Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (CIEDs) as well as intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, reconnaissance and communication equipment.
He said the Federal Government “will continue to reform not only our armed forces but also the institutions and departments that serve them by encouraging a culture of creativity and intelligence risk taking.
His words, “We are promoting sustainable approach to developing military capabilities, which encourages people to be proactive and not reactive which anticipates threats before they emerge.
“Mr President insists on a total defeat of criminals as part of agenda to secure territories.
“The Federal Government has been working tirelessly with governments of our contiguous neighbours to strengthen the regional security framework.
While congratulating the participants for the successful completion of the course that had earned them the Fellow of Defence College (FDI), Send Lawan pointed out that the course has prepared them for higher level command and strategic leadership.
He said the understanding between NDC and NASS has enabled the college to realise its full potential as a driver of strategic level training, capacity building and as a change agent.
Continuing he said, “The legislature places premium on the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of personnel of our Armed Forces which are on the front lines bearing the burden of emerging security challenges.
“We will continue to ensure that our men are adequately empowered and that their operations are more closely scruitnised to improve performances.
“All these are because of safeguarding the security of our beloved nation which cannot be entrusted to a single body and so requires a collaborative effort.
“Be assured that the legislature has been working closely with other arms of government, Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that members of the Armed Forces are adequately equipped, motivated and trained in these respects”.
The dinner is part of activities to mark graduation of the participants of NDC Course 29 was attended by the Minister of Defence, Major Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd), CDS, Gen Lucky Irabor, Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral AZ Gambo, Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba while the Chief of Policy and Plans, Army, Major Gen Omozojie represented the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Farouk Yahaya.