The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has attributed the increase in crude oil production in the country to the efforts of troops of the Nigerian Army (NA), in collaboration with sister services and other security agencies.
The Army Chief made this known Monday, April 3, 2023, while declaring open the COAS First Quarter Conference 2023 at the Army Headquarters Command Officers’ Mess 1, Asokoro,, Abuja.
He noted that the increase in crude oil production in Nigeria, which rose to about 1.3 million barrels per day, has been affirmed by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC.
While highlighting some of the achievements of the NA in the first quarter of 2023, Gen. Yahaya, disclosed that the performance of NA troops during Operation SAFE CONDUCT has been adjudged satisfactory as attested to by reputable global and local organisations.
Some of the achievements as listed by the Army Chief include: the operationalisation of maneuver Brigades across the country, improved civil-military cooperation activities to win hearts and minds, infrastructural development across formations of the NA, procurement of modern platforms and improved training aids as well as establishment of Department of Personnel Management to manage soldiers’ career, among several others.
Yahaya added that troops’ commitment has unequivocally denied terrorists and insurgents freedom of action, resulting in massive surrendering of BH/ ISWAP terrorists in the northeast.
He commended officers and men of the NA for attaining the unprecedented feat and urged them to remain steadfast.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chief of Policy and Plan (Army), Major General Anthony Omozoje, stated that deliberate efforts were put in place to implement many of the decisions taken at the last COAS Annual Conference in Sokoto.
He noted that the operational successes so far attained were derived from the visionary leadership of the NA and the collective commitment cum professional disposition of troops.
The Army Chief later presented 14 new Toyota Hilux vehicles to Army Warrant Officers who have attained the pinnacle of their soldiering career, and commissioned the Faruk Yahaya Historical Park located in Manbilla Barracks, Asokoro Abuja.
Research and Development efforts of the NA was also showcased in an exhibition during the conference.