Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah has assured that the Federal Government would eradicate all forms of terrorism and violence in the country.
Minimah gave the assurance in a keynote address on Monday, at the Armoured Vehicles West Africa Conference held in Abuja.
“The army, indeed the armed forces had taken adequate measures in collaborating with relevant government ministries, departments and agencies to stem the tide of insecurity and ensure public safety and human rights,” he said.
“We have also partnered with these bodies to ensure the rule of law, in line with our constitutional roles.
“One of these measures is the modernisation of equipment to enhance our operational capabilities in line with contemporary threats.”
Minimah said that these measures were complemented with improved training, enhanced troops welfare and relevant doctrinal review.
According to him, the measures would also regenerate the military force and strengthen their posture to deal with national and global security challenges.
“This conference is therefore important to us as it will afford us the opportunity to interact with a wide array of equipment experts to discuss trends of advancement of technology especially for armoured platform.
“Our interactions over the next two days would enable us to gain strategic insight into innovation that could increase the mobility and survivability of our troops in both internal security and peace support operations.
The army chief re-emphasised the importance of closer interface between the producers and end-users of defence and security related platforms and equipment.
He said this was critical because innovations in the defence and security continuum were driven by threat dynamics which in turn shaped the needs of each nation’s armed forces.
Franklyn Ohakim, Director of Mekahog Limited, one of the exhibitors, told NAN that a purpose-built IKRI iArmoured Personnel Carrier (APC) would be unveiled at the conference.
“Mekahog limited is already delivering on its immense potential on the African continent, with the ballistic and land mine protected all-terrain IKRIi APC which had been developed in close collaboration with the Nigerian Police,” Ohakim said.