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Buratai (COAS), conducts Operational visit to 3 Brigade, Kano; inaugurate Soldiers accommodation; task troops on readiness for ‘Ops Sahel Sanity’

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai on Saturday said he will soon launch a new strategy in the onslaught against banditry and other forms of crimes in order to combat the waves of insecurity in the North West, North East and the country as a whole.

Buratai stated this while speaking to newsmen during the inauguration of blocks of multiple flats of accommodation for soldiers in Bukavu Barracks, 3 Brigade in Kano.

The new accommodation comprises of two newly constructed blocks of 24 flats each and five renovated blocks of 12 flats each.

While inaugurating the project, Gen Buratai said the building of new accommodation and refurbishment of others was in line with his vision to ensure improved welfare for all officers and soldiers, as well as their families.

He said the project was one of the series of renovation works ongoing and completed in many barracks across the country, adding that it was part of ‘infrastructure upliftment’ of the barracks.

His words, “We are happy to be here today (Saturday) to commission this accommodation, knowing fully well that for any soldier in the field to be efficient, his welfare must be properly taken care of.

“This is one of the programmes that we have for our officers and men who are in the battle fronts, sacrificing their time; and some of them paying the supreme sacrifice in order for us to live in peace.

“So, we must take care of their families, we must take care of their welfare so that when they are back home, they would find very good accommodation.

“We are sure that this will be the beginning of more to come.  I want to commend the Commander of the Brigade for supervising and ensuring that the accommodation is completed to standard.

Buratai assured the personnel that all other ongoing projects across the barracks would be fully executed and completed in good time.

He urged the beneficiaries of the new apartments to tensure proper and adequate care of all the facilities therein.

Addressing newsmen shortly after, the COAS said the Nigerian Army  had introduced Operation SAHEL SANITY, a renewed strategy to deal with the challenge of banditry in Katsina, Sokoto Kebbi, Zamfara States and other areas affected by the menace.

He added that the army has also  commenced major reorganization of her operations and had put in place new strategies towards ending the menace of insecurity in the North West and the country in general.

He said, “Exercise Sahel Sanity is already been planned and it is almost at finishing stage  of the planning. The operation will start very soon. Whatever you do, you must plan. As such, we would do everything possible to secure everybody within the capacity of the Nigerian Army and of course in collaboration with all other security agencies by God’s grace.”

He emphasized that the welfare of Nigerian Army personnel were his top priority hence the decision to provide for them a befitting accommodation and other amenities for better living.

“Top priority for us is to ensure that we provide them not only decent accommodation but also water, electricity, schools for their children, medical which are all comprehensive packages that we will continue to ensure that our troops enjoy together with their family members.

“I enjoined them to maintain the facility and we are doing more”,  Gen. Buratai said.

Earlier, the General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Maj.-Gen. Usman Mohammed said the new accommodation was a clear demonstration of the COAS commitment towards uplifting the welfare and standard of living of officers and men, which he said would go a long way to have a positive impact on their performance.

 Gen. Buratai also inspected other completed and ongoing projects at 73 Battalion in Janguza Barracks, Kano, where he was briefed on the operations state of the Battalion.

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