14 November 2011. Um Baro: Senegalese soldiers are training at the UNAMID team site in Um Baro (North Darfur). 420 troops from Senegal are posted in Um Baro where they assume the responsibility of the security of the area. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran - UNAMID

Nigeria’s Minister of Defense Mansur Dan-Ali on Monday said locally fabricated Infantry Patrol Vehicles (IPV) will strengthen troops’ operations nationwide.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for a new army cantonment known as Muhammadu Buhari Cantonment in Abuja, the minister said the vehicles were locally designed and fabricated by personnel of the Nigerian army after extensive research.

He told his audience that the process of transforming the army was anchored on three pillars, namely: capacity building, reorganization and troops welfare.

He said although the three were embarked upon two years ago, implementing them had not been easy.

Dan-Ali said the cantonment at Giri would provide the appropriate working and living accommodation for officers and soldiers.

Earlier, Chief of Army of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai said the platform would further serve as force motivation as efforts were being stepped up to clear remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East.

He said that the vehicles had already been deployed to the North-East.

According to him, the vehicles are one of the platforms used for fire power demonstration during the 2017 Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship (NASAC) earlier held at the Sambisa forest in Borno.

He said the vehicles could be used for long range battles as General Purpose Machine Gun – GPMG and other caliber of weapons could be mounted on them.

Buratai said the inauguration of the patrol vehicles is part of the overall strategy toward the establishment of a military industrial complex which is expected to be a major employer of labour when it takes off. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh