The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has said that the careful deployment and efficient use of logistics in the counter-insurgency war against Boko Haram terrorists currently being fought by the Nigerian Army, is the only war the force will triumph in its operations.
This, he said, informed his resolve to continuously support the training of logisticians for the force.
General Buratai, who was represented by the Chief of Logistics, Nigerian Army, Major General Osasogie Uzamere, said at the graduation ceremony of 24 officers of the force from the Nigerian Army College of Logistics (NACOL) in Lagos that the army relied on three components, including conceptual, moral and physical component to win a war.
He said: “While the conceptual and moral aspects deal with ideas in fighting, as well as the people that do the actual fighting respectively, the physical component deals with the means to fight.
“A careful integration of logistics is a major factor towards achieving synergy among these three components of fighting power.”
General Buratai said that training is focal point for achieving his vision for the force, noting that is belief in training informs is emphasis on courses and exercises to sharpen the professional skills of troops.
According to Buratai: “For personnel to be professionally responsive in the discharge of their assigned constitutional roles , they need efficient leadership of which sound administration both in peace and war is an indispensable part. Sound administration entails the provision of requisite tools and equipment to enable the personnel efficiently discharge assigned responsibilities and this requires funding.”
He said that funding had remained one of the critical areas of challenge confronting the Nigerian Army especially because of the country’s economy, the constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy has exerted greater pressure on the Nigerian economy, thus forcing the Federal Government to reorder its priorities.
However, he said that despite the constraints, President Muhammadu Buhari as the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces has been relentless in providing necessary funding for the force as much as the stressed economy can support.
He said that it was because of the support of the President Buhari that phase one and two of the NACOL permanent site has reached over 80 percent completion, adding that the college would be relocating to its permanent site by the turn of the year and that the next Logistics Staff Course would be conducted in the college’s permanent site.