Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, on Wednesday, expressed his administration readiness to partner with the Nigerian Army in the area of mobilising for recruitment into the military.
Akeredolu made this pledge while receiving the Nigeria Army Director of Recruitment, Resettlement, and Reserve, Brigadier Henry Akpan and his officers in his office in Akure the state capital.
The governor who appreciated the efforts and sacrifices of the army in the sustenance of Nigeria called on Nigerian Army not to compromise in the recruitment exercise.
Akeredolu who was represented by his Deputy, Hon. Agboola Ajayi assured that the government would continue to support the military to enlighten able-bodied youths who are mentally and physically fit to be enlisted to the army.
He called on the army to ensure that those to be recruited in the state are genuinely from Ondo State, adding that a situation where people from other states would present forged state of origin certificate to get slots should not be encouraged.
“As a matter of policy, the government should try and imbibe the spirit. Whether you are a Christian or Muslim, every day, you must continue to pray for the military instead of attacking them that they are not doing enough” the governor said.
Speaking, the army Director of Recruitment, Brig. Gen. Akpan, solicited for the support of the state government and people of the state in sensitising the public ahead of the forthcoming recruitment into the Army.
He said the sensitization and enlightenment campaign tour became necessary to keep Nigerian abreast of Nigeria Army the new approach to the training of its personnel.
He said, “it is aimed at educating our brothers and sisters, citizens of Ondo State of the current Nigeria Army Approach to the training of its personnel, those serving and those we intend to recruit into the system.”
“It is also a sequel to the directive of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieut. Gen. Tukor Buratai, that special force training concept should be incorporated into the Nigeria Army training and that means all personnel in Nigeria Army and those we intend to recruit into the system must undergo special force training,”