The National Assembly has approved an extra-budget to fund the acquisition of modern equipment for the Armed forces.
Disclosing the approval, is the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, represented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence, Sen. Aliyu Wamako, at the graduation dinner for the National Defence College (NDC) Course 29 Participants on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to Lawan, the acquisition of the equipment which will enhance the army’s operational needs, and also help the military acquire Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (CIEDs), intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, reconnaissance and communication equipment.
He assured the army that the Federal Government will continue to reform not only the armed forces but also the institutions and departments that serve them by encouraging a culture of creativity and intelligence risk taking.
“We are promoting a sustainable approach to developing military capabilities, which encourages people to be proactive and not reactive which anticipates threats before they emerge.
“Mr President insists on a total defeat of criminals as part of agenda to secure territories.
“The Federal Government has been working tirelessly with governments of our contiguous neighbours to strengthen the regional security framework,” he said.