Admiral Ola Ibrahim
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Ola Ibrahim, Monday reaffirmed the commitment of the nation’s military and other security agencies in tackling the current security challenges.
Ibrahim expressed optimism that before long, crime would be reduced to the barest minimum across the six geo-political zones in the country.
This is coming even as he equally disclosed that at least 16,000 spouses and dependants of military personnel have benefited from Defence headquarters skill acquisition programme.
The essence of the programme he said, was to fully equip the persons involved with a view to empowering them which would in turn, go a long way in reducing crimes in the country.
Speaking yesterday during the commencement of the two-week programme at the 82 Division of the Nigeria Army, Enugu, the CDS said the programme was in tandem with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the area of economic empowerment aimed at eradicating poverty from the Nigerian military and by extension the society.
The programme is being organised in collaboration with Brandedge, a consulting firm.
The CDS who was represented by Col. Valentine Osuji from the Defence Headquarters, said the empowerment of every segment of the society would raise more commitment to the cause of nationhood, reduce crimes and ensure meaningful engagement in productive ventures.
“The patriotic zeal among the citizenry would be further kindled and the rich potential of our great country would be adequately channelled to make her the true giant of Africa and a leading light in global affairs,” he said.
According to him, the empowerment initiative was deliberately aimed at eliminating distractions and promote greater efficiency and professionalism among the personnel.
He said the scheme, which began in 2008, would equip spouses and dependants with skills that would make them self- employed, job creators and entrepreneurs.
He disclosed that the positive feedbacks recorded in the past years made it imperative to continue with the programme.
He therefore charged the participants to be focused and employ ideals of the programme to generate income and create other productive ventures for the good of the society.
The Managing Director of the consulting firm, Mrs. Modupe Nwigwe, said the objectives of the skill acquisition programme were to alleviate poverty and empower small businesses within the barracks community to provide skill training for spouses, dependants and wards of armed forces personnel across the country to stem vices like armed robbery, prostitution among others and to ensure that young boys and girls within the barracks community can be gainfully employed.