The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai, was on operations visit to 3 Brigade Kano on Saturday, 27 June, 2020 where he assessed the operational readiness of the Brigade.
He used the opportunity of the visit to inaugurate blocks of multiple flats of accommodation for soldiers in 3 Brigade, Bukavu Barracks, Kano.
The new accommodation comprises of two newly constructed blocks of 24 flats each and five renovated blocks of 12 flats each.
While inaugurating the project, Gen Buratai said the building of new accommodation and refurbishment of others was in line with his vision to ensure improved welfare for all officers and soldiers, as well as their families.
He said the project was one of the series of renovation works ongoing and completed in many barracks across the country, adding that it was part of “infrastructure upliftment” of the barracks.
According to him, “We are happy to be here today to commission this accommodation, knowing fully well that for any soldier in the field to be efficient, his welfare must be properly taken care of.
“This is one of the programmes that we have for our officers and men who are in the battle fronts, sacrificing their time; and some of them paying the supreme sacrifice in order for us to live in peace.
“So, we must take care of their families, we must take care of their welfare so that when they are back home, they would find very good accommodation.
“We are sure that this will be the beginning of more to come. I want to commend the Commander of the Brigade for supervising and ensuring that the accommodation is completed to standard.”
Buratai assured the personnel that all ongoing projects across the barracks would be fully executed and completed in good time.
He urged the beneficiaries of the new apartments to tensure proper and adequate care of all the facilities therein.
While addressing newsmen, the COAS said the Nigerian Army has already commenced major reorganization of her operations and had put in place new strategies towards ending the menace of insecurity in the North West and the country in general.
He disclosed that the army had introduced Operation SAHEL SANITY, a renewed strategy to deal with the challenge of banditry in Katsina, Sokoto Kebbi, Zamfara States and other areas affected by the menace.
Earlier, the General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Maj Gen Usman Mohammed, said the inauguration of the accommodation was a reflection of the Chief of Army Staff’s barracks transformation programme across the country.
Mohammed commended Gen Buratai for extending the transformation programme/project to 3 Brigade and 1 Division Nigerian Army.
Maj Gen Mohammed said “What you are seeing today is the demonstration of the COAS commitment to the upliftment of the welfare and living standard of officers and men of the Nigerian Army.
“Let me add that when soldiers are comfortable and live in decent accommodation, it is going to have bearing on their performance; and they will perform better,” he said.