Written by Chris Agbambu
Friday, 18 May 2012
THE Federal Government has struck military deal with no fewer than 17 countries, in its bid to contain the menace of terrorism occasioned by the activities of the Boko Haram sect. This was disclosed in Abuja, on Thursday, by the Minister of Defence, Dr Bello Haliru Mohammed, while speaking at the ongoing ministerial platform organised to commemorate the one-year administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
“Given the level of security challenges in the country, the training and re-training of the Armed Forces is receiving great attention. “This has become imperative as the credibility and effectiveness of the military power largely depends on the level of training of the military personnel. We have entered into bilateral agreement with about 17 friendly nations, where joint military exercise and exchange of training programmes are being intensified,” he said.
The minister said the Federal Government had also re-positioned institutions, such as the National Defence College in Abuja; Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna; Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, adding that currently, the ministry was constructing participants quarters at the permanent site of the National Defence College at Piwoyi, Abuja.