Army En­lists 3,800 New Sol­diers

Charges Them on Pro­fes­sion­al­ism

Sunday Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Isa Sa’idu, Zaria

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen­eral Yusuf Tukur Bu­ratai, yes­ter­day said the Nige­rian Army is un­der­go­ing se­ries of re­struc­tur­ing, where it would no longer be nec­es­sary to seek the ser­vices of ex­ter­nal hands to ef­fec­tively carry out its op­er­a­tions.

Bu­ratai made this known dur­ing the Pass­ing Out Pa­rade (POP) of the 77th Reg­u­lar Re­cruits In­take where 3,878 sol­diers were en­listed into the Nige­rian Army.

He urged of­fi­cers and men of the Army to con­tinue to demon­strate pro­fes­sion­al­ism and self­less­ness in the de­fence of Nige­ria’s integrity from both in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal ag­gres­sion.

He added; “the in­no­va­tions we are in­tro­duc­ing in the train­ing of re­cruits is one area that would make us self­sus­tain­ing in the field.

“So, we don’t need to rely any­more on ex­ter­nal hands to re­pair our ve­hi­cles, mend our cloths, tyres etcetera. The var­i­ous skills train­ing given to the re­cruits would make this pos­si­ble. As you have seen, aside mil­i­tary train­ing, some of them have been trained as cob­blers, com­puter op­er­a­tors, tai­lors, me­chan­ics etcetera.

“Sim­i­larly, the call for the sol­diers to re­main pro­fes­sion­als is im­per­a­tive in view of their im­por­tant role in de­fend­ing the integrity, unity and na­tional co­he­sion of Nige­ria as an en­tity.”

Bu­ratai com­mended the Com­man­dant of De­pot Nige­rian Army, Ma­jor Gen­eral

Vic­tor Ok­wudili Ezugwu and his team, for the re­search that led to the pro­duc­tion of five pa­trol ve­hi­cles named TYB.

PHOTO: Ster­ling Bank

From left: Di­rec­tor, AKE Arts and Book Fes­ti­val, Lola Shoneyin; Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo; and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Ster­ling Bank Plc, Abubakar Suleiman, at the open­ing of the 2018 edi­tion of AKE Arts and Book themed Fan­tas­ti­cal Futures in La­gos on Fri­day

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