De­fence chief ini­ti­ates mil­i­tary re­forms

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

The Chief of De­fence Staff (CDS) Gen­eral Gabriel Olonisakin yesterday set up a ten-man com­mit­tee man­dated to re­new the doc­trines and pro­ce­dures of the Nige­ria Armed Forces.

A state­ment is­sued by Group Cap­tain Wap Maigida on be­half of the De­fence spokesman, Colonel Rabe Abubakar said the com­mit­tee is to come up with a work­able plan to re­new the mil­i­tary.

He said: “The com­mit­tee which has un­til 16 Novem­ber to sub­mit its re­ports is ex­pected to iden­tify real and ur­gent mea­sures and rec­om­mend short, medium and long term re­forms needed to rein­vig­o­rate mil­i­tary pro­fes­sion­al­ism.”

Maigida said the com­mit­tee’s sug­ges­tions would be used to en­hance Nige­rian mil­i­tary’s per­for­mance in the cur­rent se­cu­rity chal­lenges in the coun­try, es­pe­cially, the North East.

He said their terms of ref­er­ence in­clude; re-ap­prais­ing pre­vi­ous mil­i­tary trans­for­ma­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and sug­gest­ing op­tions for re­al­is­tic re­forms and to de­ter­mine ways of im­prov­ing on op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency in the ser­vices.

Also they are also man­dated to ex­am­ine ways of fos­ter­ing mis­sion-ori­ented train­ing in the armed forces and to eval­u­ate the for­eign cour­ses that are cur­rently at­tended by mil­i­tary per­son­nel and sug­gest ways of en­sur­ing that such cour­ses tally with de­sired mile­stones.

The com­mit­tee is to con­sider among other mea­sures for im­prov­ing on troop’s ad­her­ence to Law of Armed Con­flicts in In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity and Peace Sup­port Oper­a­tions, de­ter­mine im­ped­i­ments to ef­fec­tive lo­gis­tics sup­port and rec­om­mend the way for­ward.

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