Nigerian Army chief inaugurates soldier’s club

The Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen. Farouk Yahaya, yesterday declared that the Nigerian Army would meet the expectations of Nigerians with regard to its constitutional role and respect for human rights.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, on Wednesday, harped on maintenance of the facilities in army barracks and cantonments.

Yahaya advised the Ekehuan Barrack while inaugurating the remodelled soldier’s club, as well as five blocks of seven flats for officers and soldiers in the cantonment.

According to him, maintenance is essential to what is out there as it will encourage the provision of more facilities in the barracks and cantonments.

He noted that it was in the overall effort of the Nigerian Army under his watch to improve the welfare and personal wellbeing of the personnel.

“Administration is one of the key pillars of my command’s philosophy, and now it includes good accommodation and living quarters for the personnel.

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“That is what you have seen us do. All of us in the army is taking the drive everywhere to improve the well-being of the personnel.

He said this also includes the research and development training seminar which commenced in the Nigerian Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (NASEME), Auchi on Tuesday.

The COAS stressed that the overall operational effectiveness of the troops was all-encompassing, adding all the efforts by the army in terms of operations, training and welfare put together added up to the army’s improved effectiveness.

“In all, I commend President Muhammadu Buhari for all his support to the army and also providing the resources and wherewithal for us to do this.

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“And we also appeal to the troops to reciprocate this in their conduct, discipline, and operational effectiveness.

“We are seeing the results already. We appreciate and commend them, while we continue to provide even more,” he said.

Yahaya also advised that standard procedure in tandem with current happenings be adopted in the maintenance of the inaugurated facility.

“At intervals, the command should have a system of checking the condition of the facilities inaugurated today.”

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