By Suleiman Adamu
In an efforts to cater for the welfare of troops and boost their morale, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya, the Nigerian Chief of Army Staff (COAS) has flagged off welfare flight for troops of Joint Task Force Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) who are proceeding on pass to and fro the theatre of operations to other parts of the country.
The symbolic ceremony was performed by Lt. Gen. Yahaya at the Nigerian Air Force Base Maiduguri, Borno State on Monday, August 9.
In his remarks, the Chief of Army Staff said welfare of troops is one of his cardinal focus for the Nigerian Army and that the initiative was birthed in this regard to ease the movement of OPHK personnel and troops by addressing problems such as distance and other associated challenges, while proceeding on pass to see their families and loved ones.
According to Lt. Gen. Yahaya, the ongoing Joint operations in the Theatre has further strengthened the synergy between the services and other security agencies which informed the decision of Chief of the Air Staff to provide the Nigerian Air Force Charlie-130 aircraft to lift troops and civilian staff of the Nigerian Armed Forces, as well as personnel of other security agencies from Maiduguri to other parts of the country.
The Army chief further stated that the flight will be twice a month to meet the the 2 weeks duration of leave passes in the theatre, He added that personnel leaving on pass will be granted two weeks. He further directed that all security measures must be strictly adhered to, as troops will be thoroughly searched, cleared and documented before boarding the flight.
Gen. Yahaya urged all troops to utilize the opportunity to promote synergy amongst all the services and security agencies in the theatre, in order to achieve success in ongoing and future operations.
Gen. Yahaya commended the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari for his guidance, directions and the confidence reposed in the armed Forces and consequently plegded his unalloyed loyalty and commitment to defending the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The COAS also commended the Minister of Defence Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd), the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, Chief of the Naval Staff, Chief of the Air Staff and the Inspector General of Police for their support and collaboration.
Speaking earlier on the schedules of flight, the Army Chief of Operations, Maj. Gen. Olufemi Akinjobi said the welfare flight has been scheduled to cover 3 main hubs, namely Lagos, Abuja and Maiduguri. Troops from Lagos will be housed and managed at Ikeja Cantonment, while those in Abuja will be at the Nigerian Army Forward Operational Base and those in Maiduguri will be at the Headquarters Theatre Command.
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