Army promises steady payment for Northeast Troops

The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army says its troops in the NorthEast are well catered for, to enable them concentrate on the battle against insurgents in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.

The General Officer Commanding, GOC, 81 Division Major General Ebenezar Oyefolu said that payment of the salaries of fighting troops was imperative for the operations in those areas.

General Oyefolu was speaking during the 81 Division Finance Training week in Lagos.

“If the salaries of the soldiers fighting in the North-East are not paid as at when due, it will affect the morale of the soldiers and also the families they left behind,’’ he stated.

According to him, “I am glad that the 81 Division Finance and Account is equal to the task, no salary is being owed, we have just finished May salaries and we are in the process of paying the June salaries.’’

Troops working diligently
General Oyefolub said that the troops under his command were working diligently and collectively in discharging their constitutional duties and incompliance of the Chief of Army Staff’s aspirations for the force.

He however, told the officers and soldiers at the conference not to forget that the prevailing security challenges, especially in the Northeast required that the Army be more pragmatic and prudent in the utilisation of scarce resources.

He urged 81 Division Army Finance personnel to brace up to the challenges of inadequate funding.

The Commander of the 81 Division Finance and Account, Colonel Raymond Ochei said that the training week was aimed at reviewing the past activities with a view to making projection for the future.

Colonel Ochei also said that the Corps had been facing challenging in discharging its duties, including scarcity of funds, human capacity development, constant change of government financial /administrative policies and the general insecurity in some parts of the country.

The theme of the seminar is ‘Enhancing the skills of Nigerian Army Finance Corps personnel towards effective and efficient service delivery in the Nigerian Army.’

It underscores the objectives of the Nigerian Army  2017 training directives.

Mercy Chukwudiebere