Segun Babatunde in Bauchi
The chief of army staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai on Wednesday commissioned a 3.2 kilometers road constructed by the Nigerian army from Bichiki village to the training range in the state.
Commissioning the project, Buratai represented by the head of policy and planning unit of the Nigerian army Lieutenant General Lamidi Adeosun explained that he was concerned about the poor condition of the road during his last visit to the state.
He said the constructed road would ease transportation of officers and students to the range during trainings and fire power demonstrations.
Aside that, Buratai said the army had also built a class 60 ton brigade linking communities close to the range.
Also speaking, the commander Nigerian army armoured corps Bauchi Major General Mohmammed Magaji expressed appreciation to the chief of army staff for the prompt intervention assuring that Nigerian army in Bauchi would remain loyal and dedicated to training in order to produce professional and gallant officers.
He recalled that before the intervention, the route to the range was in deplorable condition as officers found it difficult to pass especially during rainy season.
The chief of army staff who revealed that the Nigerian army was mandated to protect Nigerian territories and provide external security promised that they would continue to remain apolitical in the discharge of their duties.
In his remarks, Bauchi state governor Bala Mohammed represented by the commissioner of works Abdulkadir Ibrahim lauded the army saying the project would bring succour to the people of the host communities.
While pledging more support to the army, the governor also tasked them on mutual relationship with the people of the host communities. END