Daily Trust (Abuja)

12 November 2012

Nigeria: Senate Frowns At Poor State of Army Barracks

Lagos — The Senate committee on defence has expressed displeasure on the poor state of Army barracks in the country.

Speaking after oversight visit to barracks in Lagos, members of the committee were unhappy with the soldiers' accommodation where three families cramp into two bedroom space.

Chairman of the committee, Senator George Sekibo (PDP, Rivers) said immediate steps have to be taken on the barracks saying 'in the interim, we will do all within our power to ensure that the facilities on ground are improved on."

"I am not too happy with the way officers and soldiers are being quartered in nearly all the barracks. We think that they need decent accommodation," Sekibo said.

He also stressed the need for the Nigerian Army to upgrade its water supply facility at the Ikeja Cantonment to ensure that soldiers get decent water.

In his response, the Director Nigerian Army Engineering Cop, Brigadier General Osemudiame Osewanta said the Army would want more appropriation from the federal government to renovate its facilities.

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