EBONYI-Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, yesterday admonished President Muhammadu Buhari not to sack the present Service Chiefs in the country.
According to him, instead of contemplating their sack, funding and logistics to the Nigeria Army should be increased to enable them carry out their constitutional responsibilities without any hitch.
The Governor who stated this during Ground Breaking Ceremony of Nigeria Army Reference Hospital, Abakaliki, praised the Army for their gallatry and dedication towards securing the Territory of the Nation.
He noted that the assignment of the Army was not an easy task and as such, needed the full cooperation of Citizens at all levels to succeed.
“The Chief of Army Staff, the Army need cooperation and information so that they can do their work. We should increase the funding and logistics of the Army to aid their performance, rather than changing them. They should increase their funding. The Army is very crucial for the Nigerian people.
“Let me thank the President for finding Ebonyi fit to cite this project. Ebonyi is very lucky with the Army. We will continue to partner you. We expect him, the Chief of Army Staff to Commission the internal roads we did for the Army.
“The new GOC is more like a brother. We want to thank you and appreciate you for being an Ebonyi man. Thanks for choosing this State for the citing of this project.”
Earlier, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen.Tukur Yusuf Buratai stated that the Nigeria Army had made tremendous progress in it’s fight against insurgency, terrorism and different forms of criminality in the Country.
Represented by Lt. Gen. Lamidu Adeosu, the Chief of Army Staff expressed optimism that the new Hospital upon completion will be able to render services to patients across the Southeast, South South and other geopolitical zones of the country.
“The new Hospital will povide effective and efficient health care delivery to the people the Southeast. it will provide medical care of our soldiers. It is 200-bed Capacity hospital to handle healthcare to our troops and the Nigerian populace in cross River, Benue and South East and South south. It will take care of our troops and host communities.
“I am particularly happy that we can make it here despite the pandemic. We have made remarkable progress against insurgency and other forms of criminality. Our gallant troops should keep it up. May the gentle souls of those that have departed rest in perfect peace.”
PUNCHYNEWS gathered that the Nigeria Army Reference Hospital, Abakaliki, will be completed in six months time.