*celebrates 2017 WASA in grandeur
By Evelyn Usman
The Engineers have said that security measures had been intensified , particularly in the area of detonating Improvised Explosive Device , IED used by Boko Haram sect to cause havoc in the North-east region of the country.
Corps Commander of the Nigerian Army Engineers, Major General John Malu, who stated this on the occasion of the 2017 combined West African Social Activities, WASA held weekend at the 65 Battalion parade ground , Bonny Cantonment , Lagos, said that IED remained a potent danger in the North East.
Describing the fight against insurgency in the region as the most challenging event for the Nigerian Army in 2017, Malu, noted that the Corps shouldered the bulk of the challenge as its personnel were saddled with the responsibility of detonating explosives wherever they were detected. .
He said: “The Nigerian Army Engineers is not in isolation, the challenging task for the Army in the last few years had been our operations in the north east but the Nigerian Army Engineers take the larger chunk of the problem because IEDs is what we generally face, as the engineers are usually the first people to be contacted when IED is identified,as it falls squarely on them to ensure detonation of IEDs.”
“So it has been a challenge for us equipping the corps. Despite the support we got from foreign partners, particularly, Germans and Americans, IEDs remain a potent threat in the north east. But we are tackling it.”
He explained that WASA was an annual event to mark the end of each year’s activities in the Nigerian Army , even as he described this year’s as unique, pointing out that it was the first time Nigerian Army Engineers and Nigerian Army College of Logistics, NACOL jointly hosted it.
Earlier in his remark, Commandant, NACOL, Maj.-Gen. Richard Duru, who explained that the event was also used to reward personnel who contributed to the success of the Army in the out gone year, he described 2017 as a busy year for the Nigerian Army owing to various exercises and operations conducted to address some peculiar security threats in some geo-political in the country.
“ Training and operational activities of both the Nigerian Army Engineers and Nigerian Army College of Logistics for the year 2017 were successfully conducted , though not without its challenges. The Nigerian Army Engineers has continued to perform its peace and wartime roles while the Nigerian Army College of Logistics ensured it turned out well trained and efficient logisticians for the Armed Forces .
“ We are all aware the the Nigerian Army Engineers is in the fore front of the reconstruction efforts in the North East as well as the numerous infrastructure renewal drive by the Chief of Army Staff, COAS Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai which is ‘ to have a professional responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles’ The activities of both formations are geared towards sustaining the vision of the the COAS.
Meanwhile , the 65 Battalion parade ground, at Bonny Cantonment was filled to its capacity as the Army threw open its doors to the wider community in the atmosphere of friendship and good neighborliness, with families, friends and relatives of Army personnel gathered to wine and dine and relish in the ambiance of the moment.
The social event was also characterized by musical performance , comedy and regimental activities. It also showcased diverse cultural heritage through cultural displays and dances.