ANAMBRA STATE GOVT. DONATE A TOTAL OF 200 MILLION NAIRA (US$1.25 MILLION) IN 2 INSTALMENTS TO THE NIGERIAN ARMY FOR BARRACKS ROADS REHABILITATION AT ONITSHA ; ARMY CHIEF COMMISSIONS COMMAND POST VEHICLES, PRIME MOVERS AND AMMUNITION CARRIERS REFURBISHED BY 302 ARTILLERY REGIMENT

Nigerian ECOMOG artillerymen shell Liberian rebel positions using a battery of four 105mm field howitzers, October 1st 1990

PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

THISDAY
22 June, 2013

Satisfied with the level of work carried out by army engineers in the reconstruction of internal roads within the Barracks at Onitsha, Governor Peter Obi yesterday presented another cheque of N100 Million Naira to the Army,bringing it to 200 million given to them so far for the project.

Presenting the cheque, the Governor said it was in line with the policy of his Government to work with all the Federal agencies in the State on the reason that all of them ultimately serve the good of the State and her people. He regretted that before he became Governor, it was a cat and mouse relationship between Anambra government and security agencies in the State and that the state suffered because of that.

“If you remember, in those reckless eras the state was in 2004 burnt down. But I can assure you that with the level of civility we have restored, such a thing would not happen again”, he assured. Presenting the cheque, Obi urged the Army to continue to utilize the funds properly. He said that Government was about collaboration with organizations of goodwill that were willing to make sacrifices for the good of the people.

Using the church as an example of an organization working closely with the state, he said that since schools were returned to the church and money given to them directly to rehabilitate the schools, that the state had never been the same again. The Governor who said that his Government was committed to the upgrade of Onitsha said that besides the roads, that he would be back to the barracks for the rehabilitation of their schools.

Receiving the cheque, the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika said he decided to come in person because Governor Obi was doing remarkably well for the his state and the Army. He said he had received tremendous support
from him since his appointment. Unlike in the past, he said that Anambra State was now enjoying peace under the leadership of Governor Obi.

The Chief of Staff commended the Commanding Officer of the 302 Artillery Regiment, Col TA Gagariga, under whom old vehicles were rehabilitated. He assured that his office would continue to offer support to all military formations in the country. Besides the presentation of the cheque, the Chief of Army staff extolled President Goodluck Jonathan for his dedication and support to the Nigerian Army.

Thereafter, he commissioned some refurbished military vehicles in the barracks, including Prime Movers, Ammunition Carriers and Command Post Vehicles.

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7 Responses to ANAMBRA STATE GOVT. DONATE A TOTAL OF 200 MILLION NAIRA (US$1.25 MILLION) IN 2 INSTALMENTS TO THE NIGERIAN ARMY FOR BARRACKS ROADS REHABILITATION AT ONITSHA ; ARMY CHIEF COMMISSIONS COMMAND POST VEHICLES, PRIME MOVERS AND AMMUNITION CARRIERS REFURBISHED BY 302 ARTILLERY REGIMENT

  1. eniola says:

    Can we hav photos of dis equipment dat wr rehabilitated

  2. Nnamdi says:

    The picture above makes me emotional.

    “…for their future, we gave our today…” 😦

  3. Bola David says:

    But the 302 Artillery is headed by a Commander. Although, 14 Field Engineer Regiment inside there is headed by a Commanding Officer.

    I did my NYSC with 302 Artillery Regiment under two Commanders- Then Col. TLC Lokwagoma and later then Col. Ikpeme and both were supported, till I left, by the then Lt. Col. Feyi Kayode (Now, about becoming a Brigadier-General) as their 2IC.

  4. beegeagle says:

    While I do not doubt your personal encounter, Bola, I have not heard of any battalion having a ‘commander’ instead of a ‘commanding officer’, just because the topman is a full Colonel.

    Our regiments are not the same concept as suffices in some parts where all army units in a region could fall under a regiment – with a Colonel-in-Chief.

    Ours are tactical battalion-sized units which are specific to Artillery, Engineers and Signals corps. That is why in the NA, there is no artillery battalion or signals battalion or engineer battalion. What we have are Field or Support Engineer Regiment, Signals Regiment and Air Defence/Medium Artillery/Self-Propelled Artillery/Heavy Artillery/Field Artillery regiments. These are battalion-equivalent units.

    Granted that all officers in command are to their ‘rank-and-file’ troops, ‘commanders’, the proper designation for any regimental or battalion numero uno in the NA for as long as I have watched that institution has been “Commanding Officer”

    By the same token, a battery/company/squadron would have an “Officer Commanding”

    5-7 years ago, most battalion/regimental COs were red-neck Colonels. Today, and that is even more of mainstream practice in professional armies, most holders of these command appointments are Lt Colonels.

    • jimmy says:

      oga beegeagle
      This is very interesting i do not know who to give credit in this regard so if I am wrong please y’all forgive me and hold the emails. I want to say this was one of the unseen things that baba sege while he was secretly reforming and doing a lot things to the army that are just becoming apparent now.
      i.e. The evidence of this is in the pictures of the troops sent to MALI . The second in command in the picture was a MAJOR meaning the head or the commanding officer will be BY DEFAULT a full LT . COL
      THIS BY DEFAULT OR DESIGN brings us to the next issue in line with what a lot of WESTERN countries do : Colonel is now the cut off/ grooming point to become a one star ( Brig GEN) if you doubt what I am saying go through all the brigade commands they are all headed by Brigadiers go through , all the divisions they are all commanded by Major Generals , contrast that with the infancy of the army during the civil war when three COLONELS ( MURITALA, ADEKUNLE, SHUWA ) and one was arguably still a LT COLONEL ( MURITALA) at the onset . remember OBJ wrote about this in his first book” my command”.
      My quarrel with this is this the 6 administrative chiefs should all be LT . GEN . The COAS should be a full General. It is virtually impossible based on all the reformation / progress for anyone no matter how brilliant to make Brig GENERAL BEFORE THE AGE OF 40 Maj GEN before the age of 45- 50 meaning most guys are spending the required 25-30 years before they become two stars.
      Lastly most countries especially in Africa now view the NIGERIAN MODEL of promotion with respect and admiration and copy it .We are not fooling anyone when the COAS meets his American / Chinese/ Israeli/ Russian/ Pakistani/ British counterpart they know he is a full General WITHOUT THE LAST STAR …

  5. beegeagle says:

    Those days are long behind us. The glut of mature officers was already apparent as long ago as 2003 when all Battalion and Regimental COs were full Colonels and all Brigade Commanders were Brig Generals.

    It was apparently a deliberate policy on the part of the NA High Command which led to the emergence of Lieutenant Colonels as COs. This is probably attributable to two things – getting the full Colonels more involved in instruction and staff duties, having been in command from their times as Lt Colonels, and also to allow them concentrate on progression to Defence/War Colleges, preparatory to one-star generalship.

    As for age on rank and experience, the average cadet emerging from NDA after five years of military training and academic instruction is expected to be at least 22 years old. It would take averagely 25/26 years to get to become a one-star General and about 30 years to become a two-star General.

    So you are looking at the youngest Brig Gens being about 47/48 while the youngest Major Generals aged about 52.

  6. freeegulf says:

    brig gen at 40, nah! only in RDF and UPDF because they re still very young as an army. NA has been standardized since the late 70s. other than HOS, no officer can even get away with double promotion in the military. they re going through what we went through in the 1960s to late 1970s.

    at 40 you will be lucky to be a senior LT COL and hope you don’t get choked and miss promotion to red neck COL.
    years back, we had similar argument about the rwandan LT GEN that replaced GEN Agwai in Darfur, marshal beegs would remember this. as Nigerians it was a bit surprising to see such a young officer as a 3star gen rank. however, knowing the fact that their army is still a young force that is only just becoming institutionalized, it is quite natural for a 40 years old officer to command brigades and divisions in these armies.
    the unfortunate irritating trends are actually in west africa, were junior officers like captains stage coups, and end up as head of state and senior defence chiefs, while there re still colonels in the said armies.

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