Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi state on Monday urged members of the House of Representatives Committee on Army to initiate sound strategies to help reposition the army and enhance the capacity of its personnel.
The governor gave the advice when members of the committee led by its Chairman, Hon.
Abdulrazaq Namdas paid him an advocacy visit at the Council Chamber, Government House Bauchi.
Governor Bala Mohammed said repositioning the Nigerian Army will no doubt ginger the personnel of the force to work towards tackling the current security challenges in the country.
He advised the committee to come up with a robust solution that will help in overcoming the challenges affecting the smooth operations of the Nigerian Army especially as it borders around equipment.
The governor who observed that, the ratio of citizens to the Nigerian Army is very large assured to partner with the committee for the peace, security, growth and development of the country.
“I am highly delighted to meet you today, my respected colleagues, members of this committee. I congratulate the committee led by Honorable Namdas and we are proud of what you are doing for us. I am happy with the oversight function you embarked on and the secret of success in legislation is monitoring and evaluation.”
“The ratio of citizens to the Nigerian Army is very large and therefore I appeal to the committee to look into the human capital in the Army including the equipment so as to and block their challenges and gaps”, the governor said.
Governor Bala Mohammed while commending members of the committee for the visit, told them that his administration is working in close collaboration with all the security agencies in the state for advancement of peace and security.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of the Committee , Hon. Abdulrazaq Namdas said the committee was in Bauchi as part of its oversight function to Army formations across the country in order to appropriate the required funds for the Army in the 2021 budget.
The Chairman who stressed the need for all hands to be on deck in tackling the numerous challenges facing the Army, appreciated Governor Bala Mohammed for his support to the force in the state.
“Your Excellency, let me start by saying we the members of the National Assembly see you as our own. As you are aware, we are here to do our oversight function in Army formations in Bauchi and after going back to the assembly, we will see how we can prioritize appropriation in respect to the Nigerian Army”, Namdas argued.