The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, has urged the troops of the 82 Division, Nigerian Army (NA) and Joint Task Force South East Operation UDOKA to maintain their allegiance and dedication to their constitutional duties as outlined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
This he said, is essential to ensure the nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as to foster peaceful coexistence among the citizens of the country.
The COAS gave the charge during his operational visit to Headquarters 82 Division Nigerian Army on Tuesday 9 January 2024.
Addressing the troops, the Army Chief who lauded the resilience and sacrifices of the troops, also cautioned the troops to not expose themselves to the negative influence of the Social media, as it has often times been used to spread false and noxious information, emphasizing the importance of not letting themselves be manipulated into making misguided decisions or indulging in illegalities, contrary to extant regulations and core values of the Nigerian Army. He added that the Nigerian Army as a disciplined and noble profession has zero tolerance for illegalities and will remain an embodiment of discipline and would therefore, not tolerate any form of indiscipline from troops, as they operate in their respective host communities.
The COAS informed that the Federal Government has made commendable interventions in the areas of troops’ welfare and provision of combat enablers. He informed that the government had settled the backlog of unpaid Group Life Assurance that had accumulated since 2011. He also revealed that the NA has equally commenced the payment of troops’ Accident Insurance, adding that it is imperative for troops to reciprocate these motivating welfare interventions by remaining loyal , disciplined and upscaling their operational effectiveness in the fight against security challenges in the country.
The COAS has also paid tribute to the people and Government of Enugu and Eboyin States for their support and cordial relationship with troops of 82 Division of the NA. Gen Lagbaja gave the accolades when he paid a courtesy visit to the Enugu and Ebonyi States Governors, Barrister Peter Mbah and his Eboyin counterpart Rt Hon Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru, represented by the Deputy Governor Princess Patricia Obila.
Speaking during the visit, the Governors, while acknowledging that peace has progressively returned to their respective states, lauded the troops for their commitment in ensuring the restoration of peace and stability which has provided the enabling environment for socio-economic development in the states.
The COAS later visited the 24 Support Engineer Regiment in Nkwagu Military Cantonment, Ebonyi State, where he reiterated that the troops must remain steadfast and dedicated to duty as the NA is untiringly working to provide conducive working and living environment for all troops.
Highpoint of the COAS’ visit was the unveiling of the remodeled Headquarters 82 Division Complex, commissioning of some renovated and remodelled projects within the cantonment, including two blocks of 36 mini flats at the Corporal Below Quarters, the new Dragon Officers’ Mess and a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of Officers’ Transit Accommodation. The COAS also commissioned a newly built Squadron Office at 24 Engineer Support Regiment in Nkwagu Military Cantonment.