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Army chief assures end to terrorism

01 July 2014, 13:46

Abuja - The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, on Monday assured that the Federal Government would eradicate all forms terrorism and violence in the country.

Minimah gave the assurance in a keynote address at the Armoured Vehicles West Africa Conference held in Abuja.

"The army, indeed the armed forces had taken adequate measures in collaborating with relevant government ministries, departments and agencies to stem the tide of insecurity and ensure public safety and human rights.

He said the measures would also regenerate the military force and strengthen their posture to deal with national and global security challenges.

"This conference is therefore important to us as it will afford us the opportunity to interact with a wide array of equipment experts to discuss trends of advancement of technology especially for armoured platform.

"Our interactions over the next two days would enable us to gain strategic insight into innovation that could increase the mobility and survivability of our troops in both internal security and peace support operations.

The army chief re-emphasised the importance of closer interface between the producers and end-users of defence and security related platforms and equipment.

He said this was critical because innovations in the defence and security continuum were driven by threat dynamics which in turn shaped the needs of each nation’s armed forces.

Minimah explained that this closer interface would bring about the ability to federate and incubate ideas that would not only boost confidence and engender deeper partnership between stakeholders, but would also speed up innovation and enterprise within the entire chain.

-  NAN

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