Chief of Army Staff , Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said that the creation of new formations across the country is part of the federal government’s strategies to stem the tide of insecurity in the country, as well as defending its territorial integrity.
The army chief said this during the foundation laying ceremony for the construction of headquarters of 16 Brigade and Barracks in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state.
The 16 Brigade Yenagoa, 6 Division Port Harcourt, 17 Brigade Katsina, 8 Division Sokoto, are among new army formations established last year by the Nigerian Army Council headed by the President, in line with 2016 Order of Battle (ORBAT). According to him, the construction of the Army Barracks in Yenagoa is part of the federal government’s commitment to improving the welfare of troops and their families.
He commended the Bayelsa state government for the improvement in security situation in the state, which he attributed to synergy among various security agencies and between them and the state government.
He thanked the state government for donating the land for the construction of the Barracks. In his remarks, Governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson, said his administration placed 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,” he said. He said the eatbslisment of the 16 Brigade and construction of Barracks would not only boost the security architecture of the state, but also improve its infrastructural development. He gave the assurance the army of the continue support of the state government in ensuring that it carried out its constitutional role eff ectively, at all times.