Enugu Govt. vows to mobilize Youths for the ongoing Nigerian Army recruitment

Enugu State government led by governor Peter Mbah on Wednesday vowed to mobilize youths in the state for the ongoing Nigerian Army recruitment.


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Mhah revealed his administration’s preparedness to massively mobilize youths to fill the states’ quota in the ongoing nationwide army’s recruitment.

He made this known in Enugu during a sensitization parley in the ongoing Nigerian Army recruitment, which participants include; traditional rulers, president-generals and youths that hails from the various communities in Enugu State.

Mbah, who was represented by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Aka Eze Aka, noted that the state government was using all available enlightenment means to ensure that the state fully occupies its own quota in the current recruitment.

He said that the government would use traditional means of sensitization and communication as well as the mass media – newspapers, radio and television – to ensure that youths get information about the ongoing recruitment.

According to him, we are determined and using all resources available to ensure that every youth in the state especially indigenes of the state get to know about the Nigerian Army recruitment; its requirement and steps.

“We are all out to ensure that the shortfalls on the number of our people being recruited due to few number of applicants in the first place is solved.

“Enugu State must get its quota this time without a single number dropping.We will get that through working closing with the traditional rulers, president-generals of communities, youth groups and extensive use of the mass media,” he said.

Earlier in a remark, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, who lauded the state government for its support to the Nigerian Army, noted that the number of indigenes of the state joining the Nigerian Army had remained “very low”.

Lagbaja, represented by Brig.-Gen. Arnold Okoro, said that the state had continued to have shortfalls in number of youths applying during recruitment.

“The recruitment is part of the national cake, which Enugu State and her indigenes should partake in; a means of employment for our youths and a veritable tool to alleviate poverty in families.

“The youths recruited in the Nigeria Army are well taken care of, free medicals and opportunities to advance their educational pursuit also exist,” he said.

The State Coordinator of Army Recruitment, Mr Chukwudi Amah, called on youths to take advantage of the ongoing recruitment that opened last Friday to better their lives and be socio-economically uplifted.

Amah said that youths should drop some unfounded misinformation that “it is only Igbo personnel that are being sent to theatres of conflict for them to die”.

“This is never true. Serving personnel have their turns to the theatre of conflict and at a time, they are redeployed elsewhere.

“I have a direct brother that have served in Sambisia Forest and have been redeployed from there presently,” he said.  

He said that further information and requirement on the recruitment would be made public in newspapers, local radio and television with native languages.

Responding, the Chairman, Enugu State Traditional Rulers’ Council, Igwe Ikechukwu Asadu, appreciated the COAS and the Nigerian Army authorities for considering the state and her youths in the recruitment.

Asadu assured that the traditional rulers would take the message home and propagate it within every village and kindred that make up their communities and address youths about it.

“This is a golden opportunity for us to do the needful and check the marginalization our people due cry about in intake into sensitive and public-serve oriented organizations such as the Nigerian Army,” he said.

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