Worried by the growing insecurity in the country, the Minister of Transportation, Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi on Friday solicited for the assistance of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj Gen Faruk Yahaya in providing adequate security at train stations and during the upcoming massive railway constructions in the country.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Director, Army Public Relations Brigadier General Mohammed Yeriima.
Yeriima stated that the Minister who paid a courtesy call on the new COAS at the Army Headquarters in Abuja sought the support of the Nigerian Army in providing adequate security for the workers executing projects for the ministry in various parts of the country.
Amaechi, according to the statement, said that the request became necessary due to the security challenges facing the country adding that the presence of military and other security agencies in various construction sites would boost the morale of the workers and give the expatriates a good sense of security in all construction sites across the country.
The Minister further revealed that some railway projects would be channelled through military establishments particularly the rail track linking Kaduna and Kano which was designed to pass through the Nigerian Defence Academy new site, stressing that the support of the Nigerian Army to access such areas would greatly reduce the construction costs and enhance the development of the barracks environment.
While responding, the COAS, Maj Gen Faruk Yahaya said that the visit was a welcome development that would provide an avenue for the Nigerian Army and other agencies of government to deliberate on issues of national development.
He assured the minister of the required support adding that the Nigerian Army would always stand with any programme or project that would enhance national development and improve the welfare of the citizenry.