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Senate decries poor funding of Command & Staff College, Jaji

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By Luka Binniyat & Mayen Etim

KADUNA—The Senate has frowned at what it described as the under-funding of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, AFCSC, Jaji in Kaduna State, saying that the development was impeding the development of the institution to international standard.

The Senate Committee on Defence made this known when it visited the Military Cantonment as part of its oversight functions yesterday.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator George Sekibo who led other members on the visit said that, considering the size and importance of AFCSC in training middle level commanders for the Armed Forces, the college deserved better budgetary allocation to enable it functions according to international standard.

Sekibo then asked the Ministry of Defence to as a matter of urgency, prioritize the development of the AFCSC towards achieving its goals.

He further said that from what his committee saw on ground, the college was still in the analogue age instead of being digitalised.

”This is necessary, because if we don’t give the young officers the training they need, it means that we will be producing incompetent middle level manpower in the armed forces”, he said.

Sekibo however, urged the management of the college to submit their input to the committee ahead of the 2014 budget presentation by President Goodluck Jonathan to the National Assembly.

Commandant of AFCSC, Air Vice Marshal Eko Osim later presented the college’s budet of N3.46 billion made up of N2 billion as overhead cost and N746 as capital expenditure.

He highlighted projects executed by the college to include construction of four laboratories, renovation of the college headquarters, renovation and furnishing of syndicate rooms and renovation of captains’ quarters among others.

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