Reps Confirm Appointment Of Service Chiefs, Seek Better Funding For Armed Forces

house-of-reps2The House of Representatives on Thursday called for improved motivation and funding of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
The adhoc Committee of the House on the screening of Service Chiefs made the recommendation in Abuja.
The House also confirmed the appointments of the Service Chiefs after the Senate had given similar approval two days earlier.
The committee, which was chaired by Mr. Garba Dhatti, recommended Major-Gen. Abayomi Gabriel-Olonishakin for confirmation as Chief of Defence Staff; Major-Gen. Tukur Buratai as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe-Ibas as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar as the new Chief of Air Staff.
Dhatti also faulted what he called “misleading” media report indicating that the National Assembly had confirmed the appointments of the Service Chiefs.
He pointed out that the fact the Senate confirmed the appointments earlier did not mean that both chambers had confirmed the appointments as reported.
“We have a bi-camera legislature; and if you look at Section 18(1) of the Armed Forces Act, it is clearly stated that the appointment of the service chiefs will be confirmed by the National Assembly”, he added.
Dhatti had also informed the House of the need to motivate the armed forces especially in these days of counter-insurgency operations.
“The issue of motivation and adequate funding of the men and officers of the armed forces should be given attention”, he stated.

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