31 July, 2013
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika, has said the army is happy with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said the impact of the agenda was being felt in all military barracks across the country, stressing that they were part of the gains of democracy in Nigeria.
Ihehjirika, who spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, while inaugurating a building for 30 families built by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), at the 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Bori Camp, Port Harcourt, said he was disturbed by the rising case of oil theft in the Niger Delta region. The COAS called on officers and men of the force to take steps to curb the incidence of illegal oil bunkering in the Niger Delta. He said he was going to hold a special meeting with his officers on how to tackle the challenges of oil theft before leaving Port Harcourt. He further appealed to communities in the region to assist his men with necessary information to aide their anti-bunkering crusade.
Ihejirika commended the board of the NDDC for its effort at addressing the challenges of underdevelopment in the region and said the collaboration between the army and the commission would be sustained. “I believe that the partnership will continue to be mutually beneficial. want to encourage the chairman, NDDC, the managing director and the team to keep up the good work they have been doing in recent years. I know in recent years so much has been done.
“The Nigerian Army appreciates the gains of democracy. We are happy that the President’s transformation agenda has also ravaged the barracks. The gate commissioned here today is the 11th built in our barracks in recent time round the country,” he said. Ihejirika also inaugurated the main gate of the barracks, soldiers accommodation renovated by Total E & P and the officers’ quarters, which was also renovated by the NDDC.
Earlier in his remarks, the Managing Director of NDDC, Dr. Chris Oboh, said the commission had done some projects at the various army barracks in the state and the police. He also said the commission would continue to support the army as an interventionist agency in the region.