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We are not owing troops operating in North East allowances – Army boss

THE Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah, on Monday in Abuja, said the Nigerian Army was not owing allowances of troops involved in the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the North-East

Minimah, represented by Major General Donald Oji, the Army Chief of Civil Military Affairs, said this while briefing newsmen on the activities lined up for the 2015 Army Day Celebrations (NADCEL) scheduled to hold from July 1 to July 6.

He said the allowances of the troops were promptly paid, adding that the soldiers were adequately taken care of.

“The Nigerian Army is not owing any soldier any allowance, every soldier is paid his allowances as at when due and the soldiers are well taken care of.

“The main focus of the army has always been to maintain the territorial integrity of the country and safeguard the lives of law-abiding and loyal citizens.

He said that the 2015 Army Day Celebration with the theme: “Equipping the Nigerian Army to enhance Operational Efficiency in Combating Threat” would be celebrated low key.

“The choice of Maiduguri to host the closing activities of NADCEL 2015 was informed by the need to further raise the morale of our troops in the area of operation by showing solidarity to them,” he said.

Minimah said that the theme and concentration of activities in Maiduguri was informed by the relocation of the Military Command and Control Centre.

He said the army used the NADACEL week to reflect on its achievement or otherwise in the previous year for more effective planning and performance in the next year, based on the lessons learnt from the previous year’s activities

The chief of army staff further disclosed that wounded soldiers in the 7 Division Hospital in Maiduguri would be visited, while Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state, would also receive free medical treatment.

-Tribune

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