By Samuel Oyadongha & Chioma Onuegbu
The Nigerian Army, yesterday, formally flagged off its new Brigade in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
This came as Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, commended the Army for partnering the state in its education development programmes, maintaining that the gesture would ensure a brighter future for the younger generation.
Emmanuel gave the commendation, yesterday, while interacting with the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, who paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Uyo.
He said that the Nigerian armed forces had done exceedingly well by establishing education institutions in the state with the siting of Army Command Science Secondary School in Efa, Etinan Local Government Area of the state, Naval Technical College in Ekparakwa and granting approval for establishment of Naval War College.
Governor Emmanuel congratulated the Chief of Army Staff for successfully curbing the menace of insurgency in the North East, stressing that the victory was no mean feat considering the degree of devastation the terrorists have caused the country in that region.
In Bayalsa State, the Army commended Governor Seriake Dickson for placing security as one of his administration’s top priorities and for his continuous support to security agencies as well as the provision of modern crime fighting equipment.
Lt-Gen Brutai, who led other senior military officers to visit Governor Dickson, before the commissioning of the brigade, said he was in the state to formerly operationalize the new 16 Brigade of the Nigerian Army.
He thanked the governor for the allocation of the temporary area for the brigade and the efforts to secure its permanent site.
According to him, the Nigerian Army has continued to enjoy massive support from the Bayelsa State Government despite the current economic challenges and assured that the Army will reciprocate by working with other sister agencies to make the state safer.
Announcing plans to set up a new Battalion in Nembe, headquarters of Nembe Local Government Area of the state, Brutai explained that Bayelsa State should be adequately secured at all times because of its strategic location and its massive national assets and investment potentials.