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From L-R; Imo State Deputy Governor, Dr Lady Chinyere Ekomaru, Governor Hope Uzodimma, House Committee Chairman on Army, Hon Abdullahi Mamudu, Hon Engr Fon Dalyop Chollom, Rt Hon Emeka Chinedu, and Hon Harrison Nwadike who paid a courtesy visit to Governor at the new Exco chamber Government house, Owerri

Uzodimma solicits more budgetary provisions for the Army

…Says welfare of the Military necessary for democracy’s survival

Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has emphasised the need for increased budgetary allocation to carter for, not only the expansion of Army Barracks, but for the welfare of the serving Military personnel, the Legion, their orphans, their wives and other dependants.

The Governor made the proposal when the House of Representatives Committee on Army on oversight function in Imo State paid a courtesy visit on him at the Government House, Owerri on Monday, May 6, 2024.

Governor Uzodimma pleaded with the National Assembly to consider giving the Army the necessary support so as to encourage them to come out and defend the State effectively, noting that, “sufficient funding is the answer.”

He added that the welfare of the Military should be of utmost priority to the Federal Government and National Assembly for the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.

The Governor welcomed the Committee to Imo State and urged the Brigade Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze to seize the opportunity of the visit to show the members the problems facing the Army in the State in general and the Command in particular.

He expressed hope that the visit will bring reprieve to the myriad challenges facing the the Army and possibly, proffer solutions confronting them in Imo State.

Governor Uzodimma recalled that recently, the Army in Imo State and the South East were challenged by criminal elements who indulge in banditry, kidnapping, oil theft and destruction of public and private investments, suggesting that it has become necessary to ask for the assistance of the Nigerian Army in Imo State and South East to deal with the afore mentioned vices.

He recalled that recently, some military officers lost there lives to banditry, leaving behind orphans, widows and family dependants, and emphasised that such persons need support and assistance from the Federal and State Governments.

To cushion the effect of the problems those families living in the barracks are having, the Governor suggested that they need empowerment, power supply, means of transportation and even skill acquisition to survive the vagaries of life they go through.

Governor Uzodimma however acknowledged the synergy between the Army and other Security Agencies, saying that such has become necessary to enable all of them to put in their best.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee on Army, Rt. Hon. Abdullahi Mamudu, accompanied by other members told the Governor that they were in Imo State on oversight function of the Military formations and thanked the Governor for giving them the opportunity to visit him despite his tight schedule.

The Chairman added that their visit to the Governor, who is their senior colleague and veteran lawmaker, is to draw from his wealth of experience and seek his blessings.

He said their responsibility is to look at the budget of the Nigerian Army and to go round to ascertain what is on ground in relation to what the National Assembly provided for them.

He congratulated the Governor and the people of Imo State for reelecting him for the second tenure and described Senator Uzodimma as “a transparent and straight forward man who is leading his people aright,” just as he urged him to continue to do well for his people.

Present to receive the Committee were the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Lady Chinyere Ekomaru, the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu, the Chief of Staff, Barr. Nnamdi Anyaehie and members of the Imo State Expanded Executive Council.

Other members of the Committee who came with the Chairman include Hon. Emeka Chinedu, Hon. Harrison Anozie Nwadike, Hon. Mathew Nwogu, Hon. Fom Dalyop Chollom and of course, the Commandant 34 Artillery Brigade Obinze, Brig. Gen. U A Lawal.

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