Considering economic statuses of Lagos and Ogun states in the comity of states in Nigeria, hosting largest number of investment in all sectors of the economy, the Nigerian Army has pledged to beef up security around manufacturing firms, industries, investments and enterprises operating within Lagos-Ogun industrial zones.
The pledge came against the backdrop of increasing location and localisation of foreign direct investments within the axis for which the Army said must be more secured in addition to its primary duty of protecting the territorial integrity of the nation as well as lives and property.
Speaking during a working visit to the 35 Artillery Brigade of Nigeria Army at the Alamala Barracks, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Enobong Udoh, a major general/general officer commanding (GOC) the 81 Division of Nigerian Army, said the mandate of the Army had been extended to security of investments and investors, especially in the wake of abduction of expatriates, workers and investors.
Udoh, who revealed that the formations belonging to the Nigeria Army in Osun State would soon come under the 81 Division – comprising Lagos and Ogun states in accordance with dictates of Military Act, noted that adequate provision of security to civilians covered security of lives, property, investments and all the people that operate industries as well as goods and services, which in return improves socio-economic growth and development.
The GOC, while briefing military officers at 35 Artillery Brigade at Alamala in Abeokuta, including Basil Adonkie, a brigadier-general and commander of the Brigade, said, “Everything you do, do it professionally. It is my mission to ensure that the vision of Chief of Army Staff, which is based on Responsive Army, is achieved.
“For me, professionalism is key, responsiveness to issues is key. I don’t want to hear that my troops are involved in extortion, sharp practices and other malpractices. We are in these uniforms to protect civilians, we work to secure them. When we go out, we go out against criminals and not law-abiding citizens. We should not do anything that molests civilians.
“We will ensure that all the threats are confronted. We should provide security forces for investments, goods and services to ensure that our naira improves against foreign exchange. If we provide the security, development will take place and we are being taken care of.”