The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, has promised that the Nigerian Army would strengthen the security apparatus in a few flashpoint areas in Enugu State.
Such areas, according to Lagbaja, include the Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of the state. This was just as he commended the government and the people of the state for being good partners to the Nigerian Army in the fight against insecurity.
The army boss insisted that the desire and effort of the state government aligned with the goal of the Army to expand the frontiers of peace and stability for law-abiding citizens to thrive.
He therefore thanked the governor, Peter Mbah, and the good people of Enugu State for their support for the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, the Garrison, 103 Battalion and other deployments across Enugu State.
Governor Mbah, on his part, commended the Army for its immense support to his government’s efforts to boost security, so as to grow the state’s economy from $4.4 billion to $30 billion.
Mbah also called for the establishment of army barracks in Isi-Uzo area to ensure permanent security in that part of the state.
The Chief of Army Staff, in the company of the Army High Command, gave the assurances during a working visit to the Government House, Enugu, on Tuesday, as part of his effort at assessing operational situations under the jurisdiction of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army.
Lagbaja said, “Following my assumption of office as the Chief of Army Staff on June 23, last year, I have taken time out to visit the formations and units of the Nigerian Army to assess the deployment of our troops across the country in a bid to address some challenges confronting the troops in order to improve their operational effectiveness.
“I have been rest assured of the support of the governor of Enugu State as well as the other governors in the South-East to the efforts of our troops to create a stable, peaceful and enabling environment for the economy of the South-East to thrive.
“The desire of the Nigerian Army aligns perfectly with that of the government and the good people of Enugu State and that is to rid our society of criminal elements and ensure that peace and stability prevail for law-abiding citizens going about their lawful businesses.
“The army headquarters will take steps to address some dark areas that have been pointed out in a bid to expand the frontiers of our peace and stability in this state.”
Governor Mbah informed that his administration was on course to fulfilling the promises it made to the people of Enugu State, because the Army had been very supportive of his government’s efforts to stamp out every trace of insecurity in the state.
“We executed a social pact with the people of Enugu State. We promised them that we envisioned an Enugu State that would be one of the top three states in the country in terms of gross domestic product, and that we were going to grow our economy from $4.4 billion to $30 billion.
“We also promised them that we were on a mission to make Enugu State the premier destination for investment, business, tourism, and living. We recognise that this growth will not come from the public sector. It would all come from the private sector, and the private sector investment does not agree with insecurity, which is why we spared no time in declaring war on insecurity.
“I must also, at this point, recognise and acknowledge the tireless efforts and commitment you and your men have invested in securing Enugu State. Today in Enugu State, we can proudly say that we are on the path of fulfilling those promises we made to our people.
“We also want to assure you on our part as a government that we are going to continue to provide necessary support to sustain and indeed improve the state of security in Enugu State.”