Member representing Idanre/Ifedore Federal Constituency and the Deputy Chairman House Committee on Army, Hon. Tajudeen Adefisoye has drummed support for a bill seeking special financial support for Nigerian Armed Forces.
The bill “The Nigerian Armed Forces Support Fund Establishment 2020” was sponsored by Hon. Babajimi Benson along with six other members of the House of Representatives. The bill has passed the second reading and also received massive support on the floor of the House.
Declaring during an interview he granted on Saturday in Lagos, Adefisoye said the bill had become necessary to cater for regular training of the personnel of Nigerian Armed Forces and to also address the provision of modern security and defence equipment and other related military matters.
He also said that the special funding is desirable in view of the fact that it is an acceptable practice all over the world. According to Adefisoye, “The military really needs this special funding as it is being done all over the world”.
The federal lawmaker also described the bill as an alternative source of funding that will be people friendly and sustainable to strengthen the nation’s Armed Forces in their bid to end the myriad of security challenges bedeviling the country.
Adefisoye also added “Funding the terrorism war with the annual budget that always come with the usual bureaucratic bottlenecks has now become realistically ineffective if we truly desires to win the war.
“Most of the capital projects in the budget are meant for construction and buying of A and B vehicles.
We need fighter jets. We need to upgrade their man power. We need intelligence and surveillance weapons to end this insurgency”.
He further said that the bill if and when passed will explore dynamic and innovative ways for increased funding of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the face of steadily decreasing funding by the federal government.
When asked if it is necessary to sack the Service Chiefs and the Chief of Army Staff in particular; Adefisoye replied, “Sacking the Service Chiefs won’t be the solution to the problem of terrorism in Nigeria. Rather, the solution lies in our collective efforts. Our borders are porous and we want to end this war. How can we achieve that when the borders are porous? In my opinion, the Service Chiefs are trying. I am certain that insurgency will become history if the Service Chiefs are given all the necessary support.
He also described as commendable the welfare of soldiers at the war fronts which is being given premium priority by the Chief of Army Staff. “We have been to the North East and North West and the military personnel in the theater commands confirmed to us that they are well motivated to defend the nation. They testified that their welfare has been of utmost concern to the Chief of Army Staff. The Service Chiefs deserves commendation at this time rather than the call for their sack,” added Adefisoye.
The press release was made available to Ladispeaks.com by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Oluyemi Fasipe