The Nigerian Army has announced that it would employ the services of 12,000 Nigerians in 2017 in a bid to fight the current insurgency and other uprisings across the country.
The announcement was made by the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai while speaking during a budget defence session with the House of Representatives Committee on Army.
According to him, the recruitment exercise would take place after the Army’s 2017 budget proposal of N152.8 billion is approved.
The COAS also explained that the exercise would be in two batches with 6,000 men first and another 6,000 later.
The army chief further explained that the Army was currently engaged in different operations in almost all the states of the federation, combating criminalities such as kidnapping, terrorism, pipeline vandalism, cattle rustling, among others.
He complained that delay in release of funds was frustrating military operations nationwide, adding that the morale of troops must be boosted regularly.
Buratai said the Nigerian Army was currently engaged in different operations in 32 states of the federation, fighting criminalities such as kidnapping, terrorism, pipeline vandalism, cattle rustling, among others.
He also told lawmakers that lack of prompt release of funds was hampering military operations nationwide, adding that they needed to boost the morale of troops regularly.
The budget defence could not continue as lawmakers resolved to constitute a subcommittee, comprising senators from the Senate Committee on Army, to thrash some technical details contained in the proposal.