5,000 Nigerian military personnel serving in UN peacekeeping missions – Minister

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The Minister of State for Defense stated this in Abuja.

About 5,000 officers and men of the Armed Forces are serving in nine United Nations, UN, Peace Keeping Missions within and outside Africa, the Minister of State for Defence, Olusola Obada, has said.

Mrs. Obada announced this at a Ministerial Platform in Abuja.

She said Nigeria had continued to honour international obligations through contributions to peace and security across the globe particularly in Africa.

“To this end, the Armed Forces of Nigeria is participating in nine United Nations peacekeeping missions within and outside Africa.

“About 5,000 officers and men, including military hardware, were deployed to various missions in the period under review.

“In November 2012, 186 personnel were deployed to Guinea Bissau as part of the ECOWAS military intervention force to restore normalcy to the troubled West African Country,’’ she said.

Mrs. Obada said Nigeria deployed a reinforced Infantry Battalion on January 17 following the UN Council Resolution 2085 which approved the formation of the Africa-led International Support Mission in Mali.

The minister listed some achievements in the area of peace support operations within the last one year to include repairs and upgrade of the Contingent Owned Equipment (COE) in Darfur. Others are pre-deployment training at the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre in Jaji, acquisition of Armoured Personnel Carriers for Troops in Darfur and Liberia and production of national cost data for peace support operation.

The minister also said that the Defence Headquarters had worked to strengthen and promote civil-military relations. She said this was through public enlightenment and sensitisation programmes organised at various locations of the Joint Task Force.

Mrs. Obada said the ministry had made modest achievements through its efforts at professionalising, training and re-training as well as equipping the armed forces.

“Nigeria still remains an active player in both regional and world peace efforts,’’ the minister said.

(NAN)


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