WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5TH, 2013
The Chief of Army Staff Second Quarterly Conference 2013 on Tuesday began in
Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, with Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General
Azubuike Ihejirika, laying foundation for
Nigerian Army Composite Factory at the
Nwankweagu Military Cantonment, Abakaliki.
While laying the foundation for the
N500million facility, Ihejirika explained
that the factory will produce canned food,saying the site was originally made to serve as a petroleum depot for the Army in the area, but due to wrong location, it has to be used as factory.
He told the Ebonyi State governor,Martin
Elechi, that, “In a few months time, you
will have to invite the President for
commissioning of this factory”. The COAS, who later inaugurated 864-stall
Mammy Market, built by the state
government for the Army, explained that
the N981million the project was in terms of cost and magnitude the biggest single project built and donated to the Nigerian Army by a state government, noting that such gesture was encouraging to the Army.
He told the crowd of the military eggheads at the conference that held at the Staff Development Centre at the heart of the Abakaliki, City Centre, that the conference, scheduled to end on
Wednesday, was meant to appraise the performances of Nigerian Army
formations in combating current security challenges. He said the forum would create the opportunity to confirm the extent of the implementation of the decisions reached during the first quarter conference within the formations. This, he explained, was with the view to coming up with appropriate
recommendations on how to enhance the operational effectiveness of the Army in tackling the security challenges.
He assured Nigerians that the soldiers
posted to various formations would abide by the rules of the engagement. A one-minute silence was observed for their late colleague, Major General Agha-Okoro, who hailed from Ebonyi State and would be buried on Thursday.
Chief of Policy and Planning of the
Nigerian Army, Major General Emmanuel
Bassey, in his speech, charged participants, to feel free to make useful
contributions that would bring about
informed decisions. He noted that, “We are all aware that the nation is going through unprecedented challenges which call for ingenious and proactive multi-faceted approach by all of us”.