By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has said that the creation of new army formations across the country was part of strategies to address insecurity and defend the nation’s territorial integrity.
Buratai stated this yesterday in Yenogoa during the foundation laying ceremony for the construction of headquarters of 16 Brigade and Barracks in Bayelsa.
He said “the 16 Brigade Brigade, Yenagoa; 6 Division, Port Harcourt; 17 Brigade, Katsina; and 8 Division, Sokoto, are among new army formations established by the Nigerian Army Council in line with 2016 Order of Battle (ORBAT).”
The army chief said the construction of the army barracks in Yenagoa was part of the federal government’s commitment to improving the welfare of troops and their families.
He commended the Bayelsa Government for the improvement in security situation in the state, which he attributed to synergy among various security agencies and the state government.
On his part, Governor Seriake Dickson said his administration placed a high premium on security because “it is the foundation of development. My vision for the state is to make it one of the foremost investment destinations in the country, and we can’t achieve this without security.
“I give credit to our security agencies and people of Bayelsa state for achieving the level of security in our state.’’