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Nigeria Army To Recruit 18,000 Soldiers Over Increasing Insecurity

Valentine Chinyem

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In a bid to fight the surge in insecurity, the Nigerian Army has said it would recruit 18,000 soldiers in 2021.

According to the army, only 5,000 persons would be admitted at a time because of the capacity constraints involved, noting that the first batch would commence training in the early part of 2021.

This was made known by the Commandant of the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria, who was represented by Col. Ismail Oloyede, when the Senate Committee on Army, visited the depot.

He said, “The army wants to recruit 18,000 soldiers next year. The facility here can only take about 5,000 per time. We are starting training next January. That is 2021. We will adhere to the principles of Federal Character as raised by members of the Committee. The issues raised by the Senate about balancing are duly noted. Every part of the country will be represented.”

Ali Ndume, who led the committee, said the authority is aware of the challenges facing the armed forces, adding that the senate would, do everything to keep supporting the army.

He said the National Assembly should be carried along during the recruitment exercise, to ensure that every part of the country was carried along.

“The challenges are enormous and daunting. We have herdsmen attacks and other insecurity issues in every part of the country. We are in a budget period. Even though we are faced with financial challenges, we will make every attempt and give attention to the issues.

“It is important to always work with the representatives of the people to create balancing. There should be fair representation in recruitment into the army. It is important to ensure fairness and justice. We must have at least one or more from every local government into the army during any recruitment.”