Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Gabriel Olonisakin has revealed that the military does not have sufficient accommodation for its serving personnel.
Consequently, the CDS appealed to the federal government through the Ministry of Defence to provide accommodation facilities for officers and soldiers.
General Olonisakin made the appeal at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, when he received the permanent secretary, Ministry of Defence, Ambassador Danjuma Sheni.
In a statement issued yesterday by the acting director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, the CDS lauded the ministry on its efforts to motivate the troops through welfare packages.
The statement said the military chief further solicited for more and better accommodation for service personnel, even as he urged the ministry to specially look into troops’ welfare through the actualisation of life assurance and other packages for them.
Earlier, Ambassador Sheni reiterated that the welfare of troops remained paramount and due process would be followed to achieve it.
Sheni said he was at the Defence Headquarters to boost the morale of the military personnel and to get acquitted with the CDS and the principal staff officers.
He explained that defence was a very important ministry as far as national security is concerned and that troops’ sacrifice in the ongoing war against insurgency remained praise-worthy.
The ambassador pledged his unflinching support to the Defence Headquarters and its operations.