Lt. General Faruk Yahaya, the Chief of Army Staff of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on Tuesday, paid a courtesy visit to His Royal Highness, Alhaji Aliru H. Momoh, Ikelebe III, Otaru of Auchi.
The General commended the Otaru of Auchi for making the job of the Army and other security sister agencies in Edo North easy through collaborative efforts which he described as the Monarch’s fatherly role in ensuring that everyone including soldiers and others security personnels are given ample support in their operations.
Stating that security of lives is a collective effort between those saddled with the responsibility to protect and those being protected, Lt. Gen Yahaya appreciated the monarch for regularly checking on the personnel at the Nigerian Army School of Engineering and Mechanical Engineering (NASEME) in Auchi and described the exercise as a moral boost for the officers.
He thanked the Otaru of Auchi for his open door policy and described his reception as overwhelmingly lovely and affable.
Responding to the Chief of Army Staff, His Highness, Alhaji Aliru H. Momoh while welcoming the General and his entourage stated that Auchi is a home of hospitality, not just for the Indigenes but for everyone that draws breath within her territories for as long as they stay within.
He acknowledged the efforts of the COAS so far and seized the opportunity to ask that he intensifies efforts at ensuring that the fight against insecurity is facilitated in view of gaining victory for the nation against the injustices being perpetuated by insurgents, herdsmen and other criminal elements.
The Monarch prayed for the safe return of Lt. General Faruk Yahaya and his entourage back to base and shared some literature of Auchi with the visitors.
While in Auchi, the COAS commissioned the newly constructed Nigerian Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (NASEME) Multipurpose Hall and the student officers’ hostel of the school. He later declared the maiden Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (NAEME) Research and Development Seminar 2022 open.
Gen Yahaya commended the Corps for the maintenance of Nigerian Army equipment, despite challenges associated with sourcing of spares. He also extolled the ongoing efforts by the corps to locally produce Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher tubes, Anti-Aircraft guns, as well as fabrication of spare parts for the Nigerian Army.