By Ajogwu Jerry
A member of the House of Representatives and Chairman, House Committee on Army, Hon. Rimande Shawulu has lauded the Nigerian Army over it’s transparent practices on procurements whilst urging the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai to sustain the tempo.
Shawulu made the remarks at the second Army Headquarters seminar on procurement held at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja, recently.
In his words: “The House of Representative Committee on Army has pledged its readiness to identify with the Nigerian Army in its efforts to create transparent and accountable procurement system to support in increasing operational responsibilities and duties”.
The lawmaker advocated for proper funding to enable the Army carry out it’s duties effectively.
He said the Nigerian Army requires the provision of the right materials at the right time and in the right quantity to be able to discharge its roles professionally and responsively to guarantee safety of lives and property of all citizens.
Shawulu congratulated the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, for designing the programme as well as the choice of the theme, saying it was in-line with the Federal Government’s efforts to strengthen the capacity of the Armed Force of Nigeria to deal with prevailing and emerging threats to security across the country.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai charged all participants to reflect on the theme of the event, bearing in mind the opportunities to enhance Nigerian Army capabilities.
The COAS implored his officers and men to cooperate with the ongoing successes recorded in the operational commitments of the army by improving the procurement methods in line with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act 2017.
Gen. Buratai expressed appreciation to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his untiring assurances, support and encouragement in the efforts at combating prevailing and emerging security threats facing the nation.
The Army Chief further pledged the commitment of the Nigerian Army to continue to demonstrate unalloyed loyalty and subordination to democratic governance, in order to sustain the nation’s security with a high degree of enthusiasm.
He reiterated that the Nigerian Army would sustain the seminar on annual basis to enable it provide alternative avenue to build the capacity of its personnel on procurement issues.
The the event witnessed the attendance of high ranking Army officers, Principal Staff Officers of the Army Headquarters as well as Directors of Procurement from both government agencies and parastatals.