By Augustine Ehikioya
Towards overcoming security challenges in the country, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has urged the Nigerian Army (NA) to continue to efficiently train her personnel.
The training, he noted, will help sustain its combat readiness posture as it fights current security challenges in the country.
The Governor spoke through his Chief of Staff, Mr Tayo Ayinde, during his keynote address at the 23rd Combat Service Support (CSSC) Training Week, held on 22 August, 2022 at NEBO Hall, Headquarters Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps, Abati Barracks, Lagos.
The training week was themed, “Building the capacity of Nigerian Army Combat Service Support Corps (CSSC) in combating contemporary security challenges in joint environment”
A statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA), said the training is aimed at sharpening the logistics management expertise of Army logisticians.
The Governor said he was delighted with the capacity-development efforts of the Nigerian Army.
He stressed that it is in consonance with global best practices.
He added, that it is “plausible for forces to train regularly in order to maintain combat readiness and efficiency.”
The Governor expressed optimism that the “NA Combat Support Services Training Week would evolve more efficient logistical support strategies to enhance NA’s ongoing operational engagements.”
In his opening remarks at the event, the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya , emphasized, that the role of CSSC of the NA is germane to the execution of NA’s constitutional roles and the attainment of his vision “to have a professional Nigerian Army ready to accomplish assigned missions within a joint environment in defence of Nigeria”.
Gen Yahaya said that the training week underscores the critical roles of CSSC in prosecuting ongoing operations against insurgency and banditry.
He affirmed that he would continue to ensure that the logistics corps benefit from various interventions in terms of capacity development and service delivery, to provide effective and timely support to all NA operations.
The COAS further revealed that in an effort to sustain and improve ongoing operations, the NA has procured requisite combat service support logistics to seamlessly enhance ongoing operations.
The COAS later commissioned several projects including, officers’ transit accommodation at Headquarters Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps; ultra modern Radio Diagnostic Centre at 68 Reference Hospital, Yaba; Regimental Sergeant Majors’ Houses at Headquarters 9 Brigade and Headquarters Nigerian Army Medical Corps, as well as 70 Command Nigerian Army Supply and Transport Safety and Fire Fighting platoon’s accommodation.
The event, according to the statement, also witnessed exhibition of inventions and innovations by various Combat Service Support Corps and a medical outreach to bring succour to the less privileged.