A’Ibom to get war college soon –FG

Mudiaga Affe and

Samson Folarin

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, has pledged the readiness of the Federal Government to establish a naval war college in Akwa Ibom State.

Dan-Ali spoke while responding to a request by the state Governor, Udom Emmanuel,  during the opening of the 11th Nigerian Navy Games at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, a statement said on Sunday.

“I want to assure that your request for a Naval war college in Akwa Ibom State is granted,” Dan-Ali was quoted as saying.

According to the statement, the governor promised to partner the military in ensuring the maintenance of peace in the state.

Emmanuel, who thanked the Minister of Defence, the Chief of Defence Staff and the Chief of Army Staff for the establishment of the 2 Brigade in Uyo, said he would work with the military for the “seamless take-off” of the proposed Army Command College in the state in September 2017.

The governor attributed the relative peace in the state to the synergy between the military and the state government, commending the troops for exhibiting professionalism in combating militancy and other forms of insurgency in the country.

He described sports as a high revenue earner which if well harnessed, could boost the economy of the country.

Emmanuel said, “Despite the hardship in the country, I want to assure you that my administration is ready to partner any military service to host any game in this state, and this means that we are also ready to host the Nigerian Army Games.”

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Saturday promised better living condition for soldiers in the barracks.

Buratai made this promise during the unveiling of 36 flats built to accommodate 120 soldiers in the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Calabar, Cross River State.

The Army chief had in November 2016 performed the foundation-laying ceremony for the project.

Flanked by the Cross River State Governor, Prof.  Ben Ayade, Buratai said the project, which was jointly undertaken with the 13 Brigade, was an expression of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to provide accommodation for its personnel.

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