Defence Ministry, Nigerian military reform report submitted - Insecurity
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
The federal government has received the report on the reform of the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN).
Minister of Defence Bashir Magashi assured Nigerian People that the recommendations would be used to fight insecurity in the country.
In February, Magashi inaugurated a 21-man committee. The body included ex-Generals, a Ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin.
Receiving the team at the National Defence College in Abuja, Magashi said the redesign was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The retired General added that the design sought to emplace a robust, repositioned and result-oriented military for improved performance in the discharge of constitutional mandate.
The minister further promised that suggestions made would be perused and implemented courageously.
The Committee Chairman, retired Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Umaru said the over 250-page report contained seventy recommendations.
The team advised on recruitment, promotion, retirement, funding and managing military operations and called for priority attention to Research and Development (R & D) and restructuring of Defence Industrial Corporation of Nigeria (DICON).
Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor lauded Magashi and the committee for the project.
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