Thursday, 23 May 2013

Army Chief Bans Unnecessary Dismissal Of Army Personnels

The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Ihejirika also advised commanders of the various Army formations in the country to exercise caution in dismissing soldiers who had been trained in handling arms.
He said that if offences committed by the affected soldiers were so grave as to prevent the soldiers from being in the unit, a bold step should be taken to jail and to keep away the offender as a result of the security situation.
He said that the Army would not jump into dismissing people as was the case in the past because of the prevailing security situation in the country.
“The situation we are facing today is such that you cannot afford to discard any of them as was the case many years back when we had the luxury to do that.
“It is also for the reason that I have advised commanders to mellow down in dismissing soldiers who are already trained and have acquired enough knowledge of use of arms.”
The Army chief, who said that the Nigerian Army had progressed beyond the era of the nation’s intervention in the crises in Liberia and Sierra Leone, announced the establishment of a special unit whose focus is to monitor the activities of troops during operations.
He said that the Army was collaborating with the United States AFRICOM, in the quest to have a standing special operations unit which could be transformed into a special brigade.
He also said that the Army had established a standing full-fledged Army Headquarters Reserve Battalion known as 101 battalion and the new battalion would  be inaugurated soon.
Ihejirika, who put the strength of the Battalion being led by a Colonel at 100, said that soldiers of the new battalion had been equipped up to 50 per cent of the basic requirement.
He explained that even though the Army might appear to be overstretched, the existence of the new reserve battalion clearly indicated the readiness and preparedness of the Army to take on more challenges.
Ihejirika emphasised the place of capacity building as a vital tool of transformation in the Army.

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