By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA â€” Acting President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, commissioned the Shehu Musa Yarâ€™Adua Barracks built in honour of the late Major General Shehu Musa Yarâ€™Adua.
He also expressed satisfaction with the way the Nigerian military has conducted itself in the face of the daunting political challenges that have confronted the nation.
The Acting President said, â€œI must commend the manner the Armed Forces have discharged the responsibility placed on their shoulders in line with military professionalism, and the respect you have shown to the tenets of the Rule of Law.â€
While commending the doggedness with which the Defence Headquarters and the services have pursued the transformation in the military, Jonathan expressed his pride at the exploits of the Nigeria Military in world peacekeeping, adding that their exploits have continued to elevate the image of the country in the international arena.
On the Shehu Musa Yarâ€™Adua Barracks, he said the completion of the seven blocks of three-storey, one bedroom and two-bedroom flats constructed by the Nigerian Army to help ameliorate the acute shortage of housing accommodation for Nigeria Army personnel is a testimony that the Army was ready to partner government in boosting troops welfare.
â€œThis is a practical demonstration of the commitment of the Nigeria Army leadership to the welfare of troops. The fact that you (Army) can single-handedly build a barracks of this stature, shows the army can compete favourably with other players in the construction industry,â€ he said.
Dr. Jonathan then challenged the Armed Forces not to rest on their oars but to strive to break new grounds in the areas of space development, telecommunication and other scientific fields which could be of immense benefit to the nation.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Abdurahman Dambazau in his remarks, noted that with the commissioning of the barracks, the Nigeria Army had succeeded in providing accommodation for 105 of its personnel and their families within the Federal Capital Territory.
He added that by June this year, another set of 105 families would have been accommodated on completion of Phase II of the housing project.
Dambazau also disclosed that the project was executed from November 2008 by the Nigeria Army Engineers through direct labour.