Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Onyeabo Ihejirika addresses Mali-bound Nigerian soldiers

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Onyeabo Ihejirika addresses Nigerian soldiers


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that the factory will produce canned food,saying the site was originally made to serve as a petroleum depot for the Army in the area, but due to wrong location, it has to be used as factory.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”.


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  1. peccavi says:

    Interesting, good to see defence industries spread around the country even if its just rations.
    I wonder what flavours they will make!

  2. obi3000 says:

    A market built by a state government and donated to the army? Oga Beag, what has the army got to do with a market?

  3. Tope says:

    @obi3000 remember its a Good Civil Relations Strategy and secondly from an Economic Standpoint of View it gives the Army a way to get funds for operations or other stuffs, kudos to the government also it will help for Armed Forces Wives and Relatives to be able to make some funds to support the family nice thinking.

    Impressed by the Rations Industry, the COAS is truly a Visionary, This would help a lot in Long Operations Zone so as nt to run for supplies continually, i pray the person coming after Iherijika will do three times better than this man. Because he has taken the Army to a New Height i doff my hat.

  4. ifiok umoeka says:

    Well said tope though I’m wondering what the three things are! On the flavours, let me see… Egusi soup and akpu with bush meat, canned of course. LOL

  5. Spirit says:

    I am speechless like Michael jackson.Ihejirika is a genius! A ration factory?

    Where were all these people all these years? I am supprised that we have such a visionary in the Army. Everything the man does is exceptional.
    That is why I said once that ‘Modernisation’ is an holistic thing. Its not just about NVGs, APCs, OPVs and 4G ASFs. Its the totality of everything needed to prosecute a war. From the mind of the soldier, to his training, to his food, his kits, his weapons, the welfare of his family at home etc.

    Of course, there will be Canned Pounded-yam and Egusi soup!

    May our military never return to politics. Amen.

    I love this COAS!

  6. beegeagle says:

    Me too, Oga Spirit. The Chief is indeed a visionary and his ideas brilliant. But it should not surprise you. He is an Army Engineer and ingenuity is heavy on the itinerary.

    Later on, I shall dig up a report which shows that the COAS once received the highest recognition possible for a Nigerian Army officer and that was before he became COAS. So the man did not emerge at the top without antecedents.

    Thank God for those of us who particularly believed in what he and the straight-talking and outspoken Admiral Ibrahim did and continue to do as COAS and CNS/CDS. Remember that we pointedly campaigned for their continuation in office if the programmes laid down were to attain maturation?

  7. beegeagle says:

    Sir Obix, around every Nigerian military, paramilitary and police barracks across the country, the hub of business activities is what is called the MAMMY MARKET.

    First of all, most military barracks exist on the edge of town. So adjacent to the barracks, there is usually the need to have a market where the wives of officers and soldiers retain shops. Ditto civilian businesspeople, many of them relatives of officers and men, providing services or selling foodstuffs and sundry items for the benefit of the barracks community.

    What you would find there include cows and sacks of beans, garri, tomatoes and onions, yams etc brought there in lorries and trailers; GSM phone sales and repair shops, boutiques, bookshops, cobblers, restaurants, outdoor bars where you can hit a bottle of Stout and some point-and-kill fish, chicken, isi-ewu etc..just about anything.

    Some of the mammy markets have become mini trade fair complexes. You need to see the remodelled multibillion naira Ikeja Cantonment Shopping Arcade of the NA (that could easily have been the best shopping plaza if located elsewhere in state capitals such as Sokoto, Yola, Uyo, Bauchi, Makurdi, Awka, Ado Ekiti or Osogbo, trust me).

    We also have the Sam Ethnan NAF Base’s Mammy Market where you get the best ‘point-and-kill fish’ of any barracks in Lagos or the Mogadishu Cantonment Mammy Market where even ‘long throat’ expats go to sample nkwobi and ‘point-and-kill fish’ :-). You might also have seen the Obinze Mammy Market near Owerri.

  8. beegeagle says:

    Oga Ifiok, it could be stuff similar to the commercial Jobitex range of the old days which got throught to our ECOMOG troops during the wars in West Africa.

    That had jollof rice, beans, moinmoin, edikan ikong and egusi soups and sardines in the product range, if my memory serves me well

  9. beegeagle says:

    Gentlemen, here is the perfect template for the Nigerian Army Composite Ration Factory. They should reach out to Jobitex for synergies.

    • ifiok umoeka says:

      Thank Gen, never knew. No wonder the boy didn’t really miss home. Gen can we still get this somewhere?

  10. beegeagle says:

    Yeah, I used to ‘deck their beans’ once in a while in the 90s. Full flavoured – all the pepper and works.

    With these, perhaps NA can attempt to work around a wholesale price of N65 naira. That way, a soldier with his ‘mess tin’ can quickly heat up 3 cans of beans in boiling water and use garri to eat the beans or grab two cans of egusi soup, heat them up and make some eba to go with it.

    This is a really thoughtful venture which would be even meaningful to troops and cops deployed outside our borders – in Liberia, Haiti, Somalia, Guinea Bissau, Darfur, South Sudan, Somalia etc. Brings home flavour to the AOR at once.


  11. ifiok umoeka says:

    I hope they think beyond military and plan to accommodate the whole country and environs. Do you know how much noodle, seasoning and other food coys are making? If they play the card well, then they can make extra money and fund some welfare scheme. Army engineers could be funded and allowed to get involved in some of the construction jobs that foreigners are eating from. That way we check some of the capital flight, engineers build more experience, army get some extra funding for welfare schemes and Nigerian enjoy the needed infrastructure dev. Win win all round.

  12. ifiok umoeka says:

    The army in indonesia, egypt,china etc all have several coys with sizable imprint on the economic landscape of these coy. Of course it should be regulated and properly overseen by a legislative oversight committee.

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