Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has lays foundation for multi-million army training centre in Falgore
Ganduje lays foundation for multi-million army training centre in Falgore
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State on Thursday laid down foundation for the multi-million army training centre the state government is constructing at Falgore Forest.
The centre will consist of an auditorium, offices, dining halls, a clinic, a shooting range, a five aside football pitch, guest houses for army officers.
Separate but complementary to the project is a cattle ranch for the Ruga programme take off.
This was disclosed on Thursday during the ground breaking ceremony of the programme at Falgore forest, Tudun Wada Local Government Areas.
Speaking during at the programme, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State said that his administration has spent N500 milion for the take off of phase l of the programme.
According to the governor, the idea to establish the centre was born out of his administration’s continued commitment to ensure security of lives and property in the state, following the Nigerian Army operation that dislodged the activities of Boko Haram in Sambisa forest.
The administration was so concerned that Boko Haram insurgents may spread to other state following the operation, the governor said.
Ganduje said: “This programme is not by accident but by design, planning and adequate consultations by the Kano State Government.
“Some few years back, when the military was ready to uproot Boko Haram from Sambisa Forest, we had a fosight because if care was not taken the insurgents will spread into other areas within the territorial jurisdiction of Nigeria.
“I later briefed President Buhari about my intention to established an army training ground in Falgore Forest. He assented to that and directed me to meet with the Chief of Army Staff.”
The governor added that the state government had learnt with dismay that the forest was about to be turn into a hideout for kidnappers, armed robbers and cattle rustlers, adding that the presence of the army in Forest will dislodge all evil agenda by criminals.
In his remarks, the Minister of Defence, General Bashir Magashi (rtd), commended the state government for the milestone.
According to him, the training centre will improve economic activities in the affected areas thereby ensuring security of lives and property.
Magashi said: “There is no better time to establish this army training centre than now. The centre is an avenue to exterminate criminal activities in the area. Even the neighbouring states of Kaduna and Plateu can capitalize on this for the security of their states.
Also speaking, the Chief of Army Staff, lieutenant General Yusuf Tukur Burutai, represented by the Chief Policy and Plans, Nigerian Army, Lamidi Adeosun, lauded the state government for the establishment of the centre, stressing the Federal Government’s commitment to strengthen security in the country.
Burutai, however, urged the state government to issue the Nigerian Army with a certificate of occupancy to further facilitate for other programmes.
Burutai said: “This forest is more than one thousand kilometer and it links many states.
“Therefore, this gigantic centre will surely help the Nigerian Army in addressing the current security challenges especially in the north part of the country.
“The edifice will, however, help the army in conducting combat training as well as helping the army in dislodging criminal activities especially in this part of the country.”
Burutai further assured the governor of judicious use of the centre by the army.