The Chief of Army Staff says he is determined to use the army to overwhelm criminal elements in parts of the country.
Governor Theodore Orji of Abia has expressed gratitude to the Nigerian Army for collaborating with the State Government in eradicating kidnapping and criminal activities in parts of the state.
Governor Orji was speaking at the Nigerian Army Finance Corps Biennial Training Conference 2013 with the theme:”Transforming the Nigerian Army Towards Meeting Security Challenges and National Development: The Role of the Nigerian Army Finance Corps” holding at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia.
He said that the state government would continue to cooperate with the military to fight security challenges and described security as key to socio economic development.
According to him, no investment in security is a waste and described the theme of the conference as apt.
The governor, who thanked the Nigerian Army for choosing Abia for the conference, said the choice was a clear statement of the peace and tranquilty in Abia state making it one of the safest states in the country, attributed the achievements he has recorded to the assistance of the Army in instilling security in Abia.
He stated that the military had defined a new role in sustaining the nascent democracy in Nigeria urging them to exercise caution so as to achieve a greater result in providing security in crisis-prone areas of the country.
The governor said he had no doubt that the military would rise up to expectation in protecting the nation’s democracy and thanked the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ihejirika, and other high ranking officers, for their dogged fight in rescuing Abia and the country from criminal elements.
In his speech, the Chief of Army staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, represented by the General Officer Commanding, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, Major General A.A. Olaniyi said the conference would strengthen the military to be efficient in service delivery and in management of its resources , adding that the conference was timely.
While thanking the governor for his logistic support to the military, the Chief of Army staff assured Nigerians that his men were combat ready to wage war against any cases of kidnapping, armed robbery and related cases in parts of the country.
He stated his determination in transforming the Nigeria Army for greater performance and urged the participants to take the training seriously.
Earlier, the Chief of Accounts and Bbudget, Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. A. I. Muraina, explained that his unit has the task of managing the core finance operations of the Nigerian Army effectively in ensuring that resources are utilized in the most cost effective manner.
Major Gen. Muraina explained that the conference would help personnel improve service delivery in the management of public funds through accountability and prudent management of their resources.
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