Army partners with Communications Ministry on security

David Adekunle, Lagos

The Nigerian Army is collaborating with the Ministry of Communications in the application of new technologies, to tackle the activities of insurgents and other security challenges.

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai said the use of technology like the galaxy backbone; satellite and data communication would go a long way in addressing the security challenges in Nigeria.

Buratai said this when he led the Army officers on a visit to the Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu in Abuja.

The army chief said they were in the ministry to partner in the area of communication security.

“We have a number of platforms in the North-East and Niger-Delta and we need a closer collaboration from the ministry of communications.

“With the availability of the galaxy backbone and satellite outfit, we know that these facilities and institutions have great impact in terms of our communication needs…We have been collaborating already in terms of providing the basic communication and other facilities we need to expand further and this is vital,’’ he explained.

“National security is the key and we can collaborate more in the fight against Boko Haram and other security challenges, to enable us carry out our task more efficiently and professionally,’’ he stated.

Working relationship
According to him, the army is also working closely with telecommunication firms in the North-East towards reinstalling masts destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Buratai stressed that the military was not overwhelmed by the recent activities of militants in the Niger Delta, but needed a robust collaboration to end security threats.

Retirement of military officers
On the recent compulsory retirement of some senior military officers, Buratai said the exercise followed due process and in accordance with the laws governing the force.

Responding, Mr Adebayo Shittu commended Burutai for his leadership quality that has led to the success achieved in the fight against the Boko Haram sect.

“This achievement is due to the leadership the Chief of Army Staff has been providing and when you have the right leadership things can be different.

“I am happy that in realisation of the importance of this ministry, he decided to pay a visit with the view to getting collaboration between the army and this ministry.

“I believe that only the best can come out of this collaboration we are laying the foundation today. This ministry, with various departments has the best that can transform the army,’’ Shittu explained.

He pledged the ministry’s readiness to contribute further in developing the army.

The minister also expressed the readiness of the Communication Ministry to ensure that all destroyed masts in the North-East were fixed by the telecommunication operators.

“If there is no security, no business will strive and if there security challenges telecommunication business will crash, if there is no security lives and properties will be in jeopardy,’’ Shittu stressed.

On the issue of MTN fine, the minister said that Nigerians should be happy that the matter had been settled.

“We in government needs the private sector just as the private sector needs government to make progress,’’ he added.