General Lagbaja calls for Joint Protection Of Critical National Assets

By Nokai Origin, Abuja

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Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, has advocated for  pivotal roles for citizens in safeguarding critical national assets.

He stated this while delivering a Graduation Lecture organized to mark the graduation of participants of Army War College Nigeria Course 7/23, at the Army War College Nigeria (AWCN), Abuja on Tuesday.

In a statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, it said General Lagbaja during the lecture, made a clarion call pointing out that “the People are the first protectors of critical national assets.”

His statement underscores the indispensable role of the citizenry in ensuring the security and preservation of the nation’s essential resources and national wealth.

The COAS emphasized the crucial need for a robust response mechanism to safeguard Nigeria’s vital national assets and infrastructure.

He stressed that the government should increase resources to fortify the capability of security forces in protecting these assets effectively.

“Protection of critical national assets demands a well-equipped and responsive security apparatus,”  the COAS enunciated.

He therefore emphasized that the nation must invest in combat enablers to enhance troops’ capability to swiftly and effectively respond to threats.

The lecture which attracted personalities from  the security, public and private sectors, featured former Minister of Interior and former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (Rtd) as the Guest Speaker, who delivered a lecture titled “Coordinating Mechanism for Effective Protection of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure in Nigeria.”

General Dambazau gave insight into the significance of well-organized strategies for preserving vital national assets.

He harped on the importance of a well-coordinated approach to ensuring the protection of these assets, considering their immense significance to the nation’s security, stability and progress.

In a remarks, the Commandant AWCN, Major General Ishaya Maina disclosed that the objective of the lecture is to motivate the war college participants to engage in research efforts that will proffer enduring solutions to threats against key national assets.