The Nigerian Army has reiterated the force’s determination to eliminate terrorism, insurgency and other forms of criminalities in Nigeria.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja expressed the force’s determination at the Opening Ceremony of the 24th Combat Support Services Training Week at the Headquarters of the Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps (NAOC) in Lagos, saying that the elimination of insurgency and criminalities would be achieved in collaboration with other sister services.

General Lagbaja who was represented by the Corps Commander, Nigerian Army Engineers, Maj.-Gen. Philip Eromosele, said that logistics remained the pivot on which the four pillars of military operations stands on and its also one of the major determinants of the successes of all military operations.

His words: “Our nation is faced with a myriad of security challenges which include terrorism, insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, farmers-herders clashes, separatism among others.

“This has resulted in the deployment of personnel in almost all the states of the federation, thus overstretching our manpower and the demand on the combat service corps for logistics support.

“However, we remain passionately determined to eliminate terrorism and all forms of criminalities in the country.”

The COAS said that the vital roles which the corps played in providing logistics support for the Nigerian Army and the Armed Forces in peace time  and during war could not be over emphasised, urging  the combat service support corps to seek a ways in providing effective and efficient logistics support to the Nigerian Army.

“The Combat Support Corps has performed well and recorded tremendous achievements, but I expect more from the corps in spite of the limited resources.

“Success in our operations remains the availability of resources to defend and sustain operations, especially in difficult and inaccessible terrains of our country.

“Therefore, our plans must be based on sound logistic planning that incorporates guaranteed supplies, availability of parts, maintenance, preparedness and adequate arrangements for casualty evacuation and medical evacuation,” the COAS said.

The  theme of the weeklong event is: “Sustainable Logistic Support System for the Nigerian Army Towards Achieving Constitutional Responsibilities Within A Joint Environment”..

The Army also used the occasion to showcase some of its sophisticated equipment which were locally developed to combat insurgency and criminalities in the country.

Earlier, the Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu commended the Nigerian Army  and other security agencies for their tremendous successes in confronting the security challenges in Nigeria.

The governor who was represented by the state’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Gboyega Soyannwo said “Some have even paid the supreme price that we may have our peace. Your sacrifices are highly appreciated and we pray for the repose of the departed.

“I urge you all to keep on the good fight till total peace and security is restored in this country.”

 

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