JUST IN: We are ready to assist Army tackle insecurity – Rep

The House of Representatives Committee on Army has pledged its commitment to ensure the Nigerian Army is placed on a pedestal to tackle the challenges of insecurity facing the country.

Its Chairman, Hon Abdullahi Mamudu, said this at the inauguration of the Committee on Tuesday.

He said the Committee was a responsibility to Nigerians, as he enjoined members to give maximum cooperation for the objective to be achieved.

He said the Committee has developed a four-year work plan that will be judiciously followed within specific periods in order to achieve its mandate.

“Let us take this responsibility with all seriousness and know that it is our duty to put the Nigerian Army on a proper pedestal to be able to end the several challenges we have been having in terms of insecurity in the country.

“The House Committee on Army is one the Standing Committees of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly by virtue of the power conferred in Section 62 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and Order XVIII B Rule 131, Ninth Edition, Standing Order of the House of Representatives, 2016.

“This Order XVIII rule 131 which established the Army Standing committee gives it the oversight mandate on the activities of the Nigerian Army, and may also by specific mandate of the House engage on any matter as directed.

“The committee oversight mandate includes: a.The Nigerian Army; b.Ammunition Depots, Forts, Arsenal, reservations and establishments c.Development projects of the Nigerian Army; d. Army Barracks, Landed property and appurtenances; ande.Annual Budget estimates of the Army.”

He said the scope of the committee’s activities also include oversight of the Nigerian Army recruitment exercise.

“The Legislature is the only institution that distinguishes democracy from other forms of government. In most democracies, the Military and the Parliaments have been working together, that is what we also hope to achieve. The committee has a secretariat headed by a Clerk of committee who is expected to discharge his duties with diligence, loyalty and unalloyed dedication to committee assignments,” Mamudu said.

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