*Army to get sophisticated weapons
By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
Chairman Senate Committee on Army, Senator Muhammad Ali Ndume has revealed that his committee, the Ministry of Finance and the officials of the Army High Command have resolved to sit down together and come up with all the financial implication that the Armed Forces, most especially the Nigerian Army would require to purchase sophisticated weapons in order to put an end to the current insecurity bedeviling the nation.
The Senator who spoke to journalists in his office after plenary on Wednesday, also said that the Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmad finally honoured the Committee’s invitation, apologized and that they went into frank discussions about the disagreement between the Army and the ministry.
He also said that the discourse had led to resolving most of the grey areas.
He further revealed that outcome of the meeting between the committee, Army officials and Ministry of Finance would form the basis of the supplementary budget from where all the needed monies would be released to the Army
The lawmaker also assured Nigerians that with the resolution of the committee, the Finance Ministry and the Army High Command, there is a light in the tunnel and that insecurity would soon be a thing of the past.
Answering question on why Nigerian Army personnel are using obsolete weapons such as AK 47 in spite of the huge amount of budgetary allocation, the Borno North Senator explained that the despite the huge amount of capital, inflation, overhead costs such as feeding, logistics and exchange rates were observed as some of the reasons why the monies are not enough.
He assured that in the supplementary budget, all these would be adequately taken care of.
Giving reasons why he pushed for a bill to establish a College of Educaton in Gwoza, he explained that if the college is established, it would boost education in Borno State and also defeat the aim of Boko Haram which is to exterminate education.