The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has sought for security from the Nigerian Army for workers executing projects for the ministry in various parts of the country.
The Minister made his request known during a courtesy visit to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj. Gen. Farouk Yahaya on the 4th June, 2021 at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.
Amaechi noted that the request became necessary due to the security challenges facing the country adding that the presence of military and other security agencies in various construction sites would boost the morale of the workers and give the expatriates good sense of security in all construction sites across the country.
He also stressed the importance of his request being granted as it will enhance security at train stations and during the upcoming massive railway constructions in Nigeria.
The Minister further revealed that some railway projects would be channeled through military establishments particularly the rail track linking Kaduna and Kano which is designed to pass through the Nigerian Defence Academy’s new site, stressing that the support of the Army to access such areas would greatly reduce the construction costs and enhance the development of the barracks environment.
Responding, the COAS, Maj Gen Farouk Yahaya said the visit was a welcome development stressing that it provided an avenue for the Army and other agencies of government to deliberate on issues of national development.
He assured the minister of the required support adding that the Army stands with any programme or project that enhances national development and improves the welfare of the citizenry.