The Nigerian Army School of Finance and Administration alongside the 81 Base Ordnance Depot would move to the newly inaugurated Nigerian Army Barracks in Epe, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, said this on Thursday in his address read by Maj.-Gen. J.S. Malu, the Corps Commandant, Nigerian Army Engineer, that represented the former.
According to The COAS directives are premised on two vital exigencies: first, there is the need to bring military existence to Epe to toughen safety there and around the general well-being of the people. Secondly, there is the need to relocate some of the Nigerian Army ( NA ) departments that were implicated by the construction of the railway lines around Yaba which is being attempted by the Federal Government in order to improve the national transportation system.
“Two units will be moving here to inhabit this place, which are the Nigerian Army School of Finance and Administration, and the 81 Base Ordnance Depot,”
The COAS said that he believed that the reconstructed barracks would also expand the reach and convincingness of the NA, thereby also expanding the socio-economic lives of the tribe of Epe.
“I understand that this reconstructed barracks will not only increase the reach and cogency of the NA but will also improve the socio-economic fortunes of Epe and Lagos in general, he assured that the inauguration was part of the NA’s quest to maintain the peace and security of the nation and his vision for a professional and responsive Nigerian Army.
He added that the reconstruction was necessary as there had been a growth of the NA from five divisional structures to eight divisions.
“With the recent growth of the Nigerian Army from a five-divisional structure to eight divisions and with several powers coming up, there is the need to re-occupy the barracks that were, hitherto, closed.
“The NA has lived up to its name as a unifying factor for the Nigerian nation.it has continued to serve the nation and its citizens as a bracing wall of safety against evil and a lighthouse of hope amidst the stormy insecurity,” he said.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for always enhancing the welfare of the Armed Forces, saying that it was an evidence of the magnanimous support to the Armed Forces, particularly, the Nigerian Army.
He said that the inauguration of the Epe barracks coincided with the Nigerian Army’s 157th anniversary.
“Although, the Nigerian Army Day Celebration is taking place this year in Katsina on July 6, this commissioning is one of the many activities programmed to mark the week-long activities.
“I must add that similar projects are being commissioned throughout the country today as part of NAFCEL activities,” he said.
NAN reports that the NA amassed and gazetted the land in 1970, while the gain of additional acreage of the territory was done some years later thereby bringing the total land to 440 (four hundred and forty) hectares.
He thanked the Lagos State Government, the chairman of Epe Local Government and the Oloja of Epe for the partnership given to the NA during the seven months that the building lasted.
The Director of Army Works, Brig. -Gen. M.M. B. Mamman, on behalf of the Commandant, Corps of Engineer, in his welcome lecture said that the project started on Nov. 22, 2019.
He thanked the COAS for his unflinching support in making the project a reality.
Among the projects established are, the Quarter guard, armoury, magazine, 4x semi-detached 2 bedroom, three blocks of student officers quarters.
Others are the 1.8km fence, parade ground, road and drainage system, and the Commandant’s residence.