© 2018 - International Centre for Investigative Reporting
Britain Helps To Train Nigerian Soldiers
In a bid to re-position the Army for effectiveness in protecting the nation’s sovereignty, at least 600 army officers have so far been recipients of a range of specialist training courses at different military institutions abroad, the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Kenneth Minimah has stated.
Speaking at a training seminar for army officers held at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State, Minimah, a Lieutenant General, also announced that new military equipment have been acquired to boost the fighting capacity of security forces in line with current trend.
The training, which is collaboration with the British Military Advisory and Training Team, is calculated to equip army officers with specialist skills in the on-going military campaign against the Boko Haram terrorists in the North east.
Speaking at the event, Minimah who underscored the need for continuous training and re-training of army personnel for them to be able to tackle the current security challenges facing the nation, also disclosed that the Nigerian Army had in the last one year embarked on intensive individual and group training of personnel within and outside the country, adding that the initiative is already yielding positive result with the recent onslaught against the Boko Haram insurgents in the North east.
He also assured Nigerians that the military will soon recapture all territories in the region which were taken over by the Boko Haram sect.
The training which attracted over 100 officers, including commanding and brigade officers drawn from the various army divisions and unit, , is scheduled to last for five days.
Focusing on capacity building development in three areas: intelligence and analysis, operational capacity building and force sustainment, the training, according to the organizers of the seminar, is critical in the effort by the Nigerian Army to deal with the nation’s current security challenges.
The army chief commended the British Military Advisory and Training Team for being a strategic partner in the nation’s commitment to build the capacity of its military forces in the areas of tactics for over thirty five years.