Nigerian Army to recruit 18, 000 Soldiers
Nigerian Army has disclosed that 18,000 Soldiers will be recruited next year as part of moves to tackle the heightened insecurity challenges in the country.
The Commandant of the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria, duly represented by Colonel Ismail Oloyede stated this when the Senate Committee on Army, led by Mohammed Ali Ndume visited the depot on Friday.
He however, said that only 5000 out of the 18,000 Soldiers will be admitted at a time because of the capacity constraints and that the first batch would commence training in January 2021.
“The Army wants to recruit 18,000 Soldiers next year. The facility here can only take about 5,000 per time. We are starting training next January. That is 2021. We will adhere to the principles of Federal Character as raised by members of the Committee. The issues raised by the Senate about balancing are duly noted. Every part of the country will be represented, ” the commandant said.
Ndume stated that the challenges the Army are currently facing in the country right now is so enormous. He cited finances as one of its major problem, he however, said that the Senate will make every attempt to give attention to the issues affecting the Army.
“The challenges are enormous and daunting. We have herdsmen attacks and other insecurity issues in every part of the country. We are in a budget period. Even though we are faced with financial challenges, we will make every attempt and give attention to the issues.”
“It is important to always work with the representatives of the people to create balancing. There should be fair representation in recruitment into the army. It is important to ensure fairness and justice. We must have at least one or more from every local government into the army during any recruitment.”