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Army working hard to tackle insurgency -CDS

The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshall Alex Badeh, on Monday said the Armed Forces and other stakeholders were working round the clock to tackle insurgency.

Air Marshal Alex Badeh
Air Marshal Alex Badeh

Badeh, represented by the Chief of Training and Operation, Defence Headquarters, Maj.-Gen. Eboiwei Awala, made the statement during the 2014 symposium for Senior Course 36 at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, (AFCSC, ) Jaji, Kaduna.

The theme for the three-day symposium is “Repositioning the Nigerian Armed Forces to Meet Contemporary National Security Challenges’’.

“Our dear country, like most countries in the world, is having her share of terrorism and other contemporary security challenges,’’ he said.

He stressed the need for the students of Senior Course 36 to prepare adequately for the tasks ahead of them in the field.

“You must listen to all critiques, observations and suggestions that would be made after your presentations and use them not to just improve your papers.

“But more importantly to prepare your minds on the challenges you would be facing in the field after your course,” he advised.

Also, the Commandant, AFCSC, Air Vice-Marshal Chris Ifemeje, said the aim of the symposium was to challenge middle cadre officers to generate ideas from  intuition.

“Such ideas could assist the services find solutions to some of the extant and emerging threats being faced by the country.”

Ifemeje said the theme of the symposium was apt and that the discussion would aid the army “contain the terrorist activities of the Boko Haram sect in the North-east in addition to tackling other challenges in other parts of the country”.

He urged the participants to contribute their knowledge toward solving some of the contemporary security challenges threatening the country. (NAN)


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