By G9ija

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has presented pickup trucks to 16 Army Warrant Officers (AWOs) promoted in 2019. Among them is the first female AWO in the Nigerian Army, Grace Pethon.

He said the presentation of the Innoson Vehicle pickup (IVM Carrier), was in fulfilment of the provision in the harmonised terms of service for the Armed Forces of Nigeria since 2017, which has not been implemented.

Represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP), Army, Lt-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, he said: “These vehivles are given to you to enhance your official duties.

“One of the demonstrations of the COAS commitment to troops’ welfare is the presentation of these vehicles. We know it is a provision in the harmonised terms of service for the Armed Forces of Nigeria but it was only on paper.

“There are many reasons for the COAS not to provide these vehicles because we are in war but he decided because you are the power of the army.

“You must take good care of the vehicle so that it will serve you. Don’t sell these vehicles. This is your pride. You are qualified for it. Use the vehicle for the progress of the service and your family. You have done so well for the Army, family and humanity.”

Chief of Administration, Major-General Mohammed, urged the beneficiaries to imbibe good maintenance culture and motivate their subordinates to work harder: “Be careful how you drive the vehicles, use them for official and family purposes.”

Army Headquarters RSM, AWO Ibrahim Zakariah, thanked the COAS for finding them worthy and pledged to use the vehicles for the purpose they were meant.