Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), has issued a plea to the government to enhance funding for security forces, bolstering their capacity to safeguard the nation’s valuable assets
He also noted that the protection of critical national assets demands a well-equipped and responsive security apparatus.
General Lagbaja, who made this call at a lecture, organized to mark the graduation of participants of Army War College Nigeria Course 7/23, also advocated for pivotal roles for citizens, in safeguarding critical national assets.
Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement, said, the nation must invest in combat enablers to enhance troops’ capability to swiftly and effectively respond to threats.
The COAS also emphasized the crucial need for a robust response mechanism to safeguard Nigeria’s vital national assets and infrastructure.
This is because he said that the people are the first protectors of critical national assets.
The Army Chief equally reiterated the indispensable role of the citizenry in ensuring the security and preservation of the nation’s essential resources and national wealth.
Former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (Rtd) in a lecture titled “Coordinating Mechanism for Effective Protection of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure in Nigeria,” 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.
The Commandant of AWCN, Major General Ishaya Maina, said, the objective of the lecture is to motivate the AWCN participants to engage in research efforts that will proffer enduring solutions to threats against key national assets.