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We now enjoy timely, sustained air, maritime support – COAS

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, says troops of the Nigerian Army are currently enjoying timely and sustained air and maritime supports in all their operations.

Yahaya said this at an interaction with participants of Army War College Course on Friday in Abuja.

He said the enhanced synergy among the services in various theatres of operation was in line with their desire to promote “jointness” in all operations.

The COAS said he intended to superintend over a Nigerian army that would have the flexibility, capacity and capability to operate under all conditions, in collaboration with other services and agencies.

He said the issue of lack of synergy between the services of other agencies had been a major concern impeding accomplishment of national security objectives.

According to him, the Nigerian army is currently being positioned to conduct protracted land operations independently and jointly with other services, security agencies.

“Thus, projecting forces into criminal enclaves supported by other services has charged up the troops and energized them to conduct more effective combat operations.

“The recent mass surrender of scores of terrorists is caused by the effectiveness of this offensive concept.

“As a result, we now enjoy more timely and sustained air and maritime support operations across the country.

“Other measures to ensure synergy among the services and agencies include; restructuring of the joint task force command across all theatres of operation,” he said.

The army chief said that efforts had been made to improve the welfare of troops through different initiatives like the welfare flight for all personnel undertaking operations in the North East among other things.

He said that training packages had been enhanced for personnel to ensure operational effectiveness in all theatres of operation.

Yahaya said the interaction with the War College participant was part of the course module to afford him the opportunity to talk frankly with the participants who were senior officers of Lieutenant Colonel and above.

He said the interaction was important, adding that certain important decisions that would improve the operational engagements of the army and military as a whole were taken.

According to reports, the course was inaugurated on April 8 with 73 participants comprising 58 army officers, two officers each from the Nigerian Navy and Air Force, five from four allied countries of Gambia, Liberia, Congo Brazzaville and Rwanda.

There were also six participants, one each from the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Customs Service, Immigration, Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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