Army chief commissions rest and recreation housing for troops

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General, Ibrahim Attahiru, has today commissioned housing accommodations for officers and soldiers that are serving in the Northeast front lines.

The accommodations was built by the Theater Commander, Operation Hadin Kai (formerly Ops Lafiya Dole), Major General Farouq Yahaha.

The TC had while briefing the COAS before commissioning, said the accommodation was designed to cater for the needs of new deployment of soldiers that are on transit.

He said one of the major challenges faced by the Theater is the issue of inadequate accommodation for soldiers on transit.

General Yahaya said upon the assumption of office by the new COAS he promised to provide adequate funds for the building of the housing and hotels for soldiers.

He said with the approved funds from the COAS, he has been able to ensure completion of the projects and even gone further to fully furnish all the rooms, the toilets and the ante rooms.

“With these new transit accommodations, we are now happy to say that our officers and soldiers who are newly posted soldiers and those on transit would no longer be struggling to look for accommodation any longer,” said General Yahaya.

“To that, we say a big thank you to our amiable chief of army staff for making this happen within the shortest time possible.”

Speaking to journalists after commissioning the two accommodations, General Attahiru said his motivation for approving funds for the projects was his quest to strengthen “rest and recreation” practice for soldiers fighting in the frontline.

“This is strictly meant to encourage rest and recreation. When a soldier fights in the bush for some times he retires for what is called rest and creation.”

The army chief said more of such welfarist projects would be carried out in all parts of military formations where troops are fighting insurgents and related criminal elements.

The TC had earlier said the senior officer’s accommodation comprises a single bedroom ensuite, while that of the younger officers consists of single bedrooms. He added that those soldiers consist of single rooms and a fully air-conditioned dormitory with many beds, detached toilets and TV sets.

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