NIGERIAN ARMY COMBAT SUPPORT ARMS TRAINING WEEK 2013 OPENS; NIGERIAN ARMY RECRUITS 16,000 PERSONNEL IN 2 YEARS

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

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

VANGUARD
July 17, 2013
MAKURDI

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubike Ihejirika, yesterday, said that the Nigerian Army has recruited over 16,000
officers and men to beef up its operations within and outside the country in the last two years.

Ihejirika spoke during the Nigerian Army Combat Support Arms Training Week 2013, with the theme “Enhancing the Capacity of the Nigerian Army Combat Support Arms in the Contemporary Environment”, at the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering, NASME, in Makurdi, Benue State capital.

Meanwhile, Governor Gabriel Suswam of
Benue State has described the army as
“the backbone, hope and stabilising
factor in our country’s democracy and
therefore deserves the continuous
support and encouragement of the political class.” Suswam was represented on the occasion by his Special Adviser on Security, Col. Basil Kwembe (rtd.).

Ihejirika said the Army would continue to improve on its capacity to meet the
challenges of the time, adding that the
military in collaboration with other
security agencies was already winning
the war against terrorism in the country. He said: “In the last two years, the all-
round recruitment into the army is put at over 16,000. “This means we must improve on our housing facilities, which is a challenge our Army Engineers must be prepared to tackle.”

Earlier in his speech, Commander Army
Corps of Engineers, Major-Gen. Funsho
Owonibi, had said that the week-long
training would provide officers the
needed platform to brainstorm on issues
of security in the country and ways of tackling same.

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5 Responses to NIGERIAN ARMY COMBAT SUPPORT ARMS TRAINING WEEK 2013 OPENS; NIGERIAN ARMY RECRUITS 16,000 PERSONNEL IN 2 YEARS

  1. johnbest1 says:

    Hey oga beeg,ith this info where does that put the final tally on the total number of the nigerian army???

  2. freeegulf says:

    where did they train the extra 10,000? depot? with the present capacity?
    God bless the COAS, most outstanding NA head

    • beegeagle says:

      COAS dey try gan..no doubt, he’s got drive aplenty. Lots of innovations, new units, refurbishment and barracks projects. A man of history.

      Depot NA admit TWO intakes of between 3,600 and 3,800 recruits. The rookies who just passed out were about 3,100 in number. Perhaps that was to allow for the first-ever training of 1,200 naval recruits at the Depot NA. They trained with the Army guys and with the emphasis on ground warfare, methinks NN want to create a Naval Infantry Regiment. Remember that the NAF have ground troops in the Air Defence Corps and infantrymen in the NAF Regiment.

      • Akin Oges says:

        I think the COAS formed the habits of thinking out of the box. He elected quite early on to think and act in hours, and set different trajectory to others before him. He is simply outstanding. I mean, to attempt to train about half of a nation’s Army in CTCOIN, and co-opt other sister services in the process, and do it seemingly effortlessly in the time window is baffling. I doff my hat. The chap has carved his name in solid gold.

  3. freeegulf says:

    yes my marshal. this COAS is an innovator and a dynamic leader.

    NN marines are long overdue. they should complement NA amphibious warriors, and not just sit at naval bases guarding fixed installations.
    NAF regt has been growing in strength. this is delightful. the introduction of multi-role jets and modern SAMs would also facilitate quality in terms of air defence, air field protection, and para jumpers for rescuing downed pilots.

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