The Joint Military Task Force, JTF, in Rivers State said the lack of accommodation for its personnel is a major challenge in its effort at providing security for Nigerians in the area.
The Commander of the 2 Brigade, Tukur Buratai, made the remark on Thursday in Port Harcourt, the state capital, during the commissioning of a Garrison Standby Hall and a Mess Chalet for officers.
Mr. Buratai, who is also the JTF Sector Two Commander, said efforts are being made to address the accommodation challenge and improve the welfare for personnel, to ensure high productivity.
He said that the Army is currently collaborating with the Rivers State Government, agencies and companies to build more accommodation for soldiers in the barracks.
“We will continue renovating and attracting more of our friends to come into the barrack to assist in alleviating the accommodation problem within the barrack,” he said. “The accommodation (Garrison Standby Hall) will accommodate soldiers that have been posted in Rivers to first of all settle before they are given proper accommodation.
Mr. Buratai said the Rivers State Government is constructing five blocks of ten flats each.
“We also have the NDDC constructing a block of 30 flats each; and Total E&P is also renovating six blocks of ten flats each. Contracts have been awarded for the renovation of five officers’ quarters; three blocks of 20 rooms each as well as the renovation of the warrant officers and sergeant mess.
“I’m sure that by the time the projects are completed, the accommodation problem will reduce drastically,” he said.
He called on soldiers and officers to continue to be disciplined and steadfast as efforts are being made to improve accommodation in the barracks.
Meanwhile, the Garrison Commander of the 2 Brigade, Nasiru Muktar, has said that the Garrison Standby Hall was initiated to address the lack of transit accommodation for standby troops and newly posted soldiers.
He said that the newly posted soldiers and standby troops were often accommodated in training sheds and Quarter Guard post with little personal facilities.
“This condition encouraged the Brigade Garrison to come in and support extensive barrack construction and renovation efforts by building this structure.
“The building will cater for the immediate need for shelter for our standby troops and newly posted-in soldiers, pending when they are deployed and suitably accommodated.
“The hall will also serve as a multipurpose center for training activities, watching of news and sports, viewing of educational and recreational films, presentation, lecturers and conferences with officers and soldiers, among others,” he said.
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