The Nigerian Army yesterday said it has to revert to refurbished equipment to fight Boko Haram because modern weapons are expensive.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Combat Support Arms Training Week in Maiduguri, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, said the “acquisition of modern weaponry and equipment such as latest artillery guns, engineer bomb disposal equipment, cipher instrument to mention a few, are quite expensive.”
Buratai, who was represented by the Army’s Chief of Training and Operations, Major General Hassan Umaru, added: “The Nigerian Army had, therefore, decided in its wisdom to refurbish and re-modify existing equipment to meet the realities of the times.
“This is what informed the tasking of the Special Vehicle Plant (SVP) located in Bauchi to undertake some daunting repair projects.
Some of the vehicles sent there for re-modification or refurbishment have been certified serviceable for operational purposes and released to the end users.”
The COAS further assured that: “We shall continue to look inwards and take advantage of our competences to navigate the dilemma of operational exigencies and inadequate government resources to procure new equipment.
“This is required of us at this point in time. Needless to say here that equipment maintenance is the business of everyone. It is a challenge for us to maintain our equipment, which requires a change in attitude from each and every one of us.”
According to him, having gone through the theme of the training, “Countering Asymmetric Warfare in the 21st Century: The Role of Combat Supporting Arms”, he was confident that the topics and resource persons for the training had been carefully selected to ensure professional capacity.