06 November 2020 by Aisha Adesanya
The Nigerian Army has been urged to prioritise the welfare of its personnel and troops who are putting their lives on the line to defend the Country.
The Chairman House Committee on Army, Abdulrazak Namdas gave the charge while addressing the leadership of the Army at the 2021 budget defence session in Abuja.
The lawmaker who explained that only a well motivated personnel can give their best to safeguard their Country stressed the need for the Army to observe the highest professional standards in the discharge of its duties of safeguarding the territorial integrity of the Country.
“The welfare of the personnel should not be taken for granted, people cannot lay their lives for us and they are not taken care of.”
“We don’t want to hear stories that they are not getting their allowances that is why we feel, we will all do our own part and expect that you people should do your part. Nigerians are looking up to the Army. Today in several places, with all the crisis we are having, people still want to see the presence of the Army in certain places,We are not only after appropriations, we want to say that you should be professional in your duties”.
“We will do our own job to add value to your duties we are aware that the army is involved in series of operations, traditionally, your job is to defend the territorial integrity of the country but because of the security challenges that is before us, you are involved in internal security. You are there to fight Boko Haram, banditry, cattle rustling and kidnapping.
Responding, representative of the Army, Lt General Lamidi Adeosun reassured the lawmakers of the Army’s commitment to safeguarding the Nation.
“All your concerns are noted I want to promise that the Nigerian Army will continue to remain professional. Wherever we observe some lapses, we will continue to improve, serve Nigerians, serve the Country the way the constitution of this Country mandated us to serve”.