Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has pledged to collaborate with the armed forces to check activities of armed bandits in Forrests across the state.
The Governor was speaking at the occasion of camp highland battle inoculation of six hundred and thirty one army cadets held at the Nigerian Army Camp Dogon Fadama, kontagora.
Governor Sani Bello who explained that Niger State has large Forests which have become hideouts for bandits emphasized the need for joint military exercises in Forests across the state to reduce banditry attacks , Cattle rustling and kidnapping
He said his administration was ready to partner security agencies that will want to conduct extensive military exercises in the state.
“I Know our resources are lean and I Know this is a federal responsibility but because we are deeply in pains and we need to provide succor , it has become necessary that we partner the armed forces to secure our Forests.”
Governor Sani Bello further explained that provision of enabling environment for private sector participation will not only create jobs,it will also guarantee security.
“It has become necessary we do the needful by providing security and clearing criminal elements amongst us because all the clamour for investment will not yield much needled result if security challenges are not addressed and we need these investments so we can guarantee jobs as every citizen cannot be under government’s employ
The Chief of Army Staff represented by the Director military Training Nigeria Defense Academy, Brigadier General Victor Onumajuru said the aim of the training was to give the officers basic experience of tactical manouvers carried out in Land operations.
Also speaking,the Commandant of the Nigeria Defense Academy, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade who explained that the ceremony marked the end of the training activities for the cadets ,commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his support towards the success of the training programme.