NA kicks off 5-day seminar/workshop for veterans in Yola

In its quest to enhance security of lives and property in the face of the raging insecurity bedeviling the country, the Nigerian Army has today kicked off the third quarter 2022 veteran affairs workshop/seminar in Yola.

The five day workshop with the theme harnessing the skills of Nigerian army veterans for national security will fashion out strategies to combat the raging menace in the country.

In his remark, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya who was represented by General Officer Commanding 3 Division, Nigeria Army Major General I.S Ali noted that the
seminar will leverage on the wealth of experience of all participants to proffer solutions to the lingering security challenges in the country.

The COAS lauded Fintiri led Adamawa State government for providing a serene environment for the conduct of the seminar.

He noted that the seminar is a quarterly event being organized at regional levels to bring veterans and other stakeholders to cross fertilize ideas towards resolving the security challenges bedevilling the country.

“The essence of the seminar/workshop is in line with COAS vision. We are having this seminar every quarter. We had one in South-south, we had one in South-west, North-central and this time around in North-east.

“The COAS feels it is very important to have this seminar with the veterans so that they can also contribute to the security of Nigeria. You will agree with me that these guys that retired have a wealth of experience. They have a lot to share and being from the other side they have a lot they can contribute. The way they will look at things may be different from the way we may see things,” he said.

In his remark, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri commended the Chief of Army Staff for initiating the seminar to tackle the pressing security challenges especially in the Northeast.

The governor who was represented by his chief of staff, Professor Maxwell Gidado reiterated the commitment of the state government to work in synergy with stakeholders to enhance security across the state.

He commended the veterans for their meritorious service to the fatherland and urged them not to be economical in their contributions.

He expressed optimism that the workshop will generate quality ideas considering the caliber of the particants.

Also speaking, the commander of the 23 armoured brigade Yola, Brigadier General Aminu Mustapha Garba thanked the COAS for the strategic thinking of organizing such a vital activity.

He noted that the seminar/workshop is the first of its kind in the North Eastern Nigeria and therefore called on the particants to make use of the unique opportunity to better themselves and bring out ideas that will help in addressing the insecurity bedeviling the northeast and Nigeria in general.


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