"Continue Destroying Illegal Refineries, We Need To Do More To Protect Critical National Infrastructures" GOC To Troops

The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division, Nigerian Army/Land Component Commander, Joint Task Force, South South, Operation DELTA SAFE, Major General Jamal Abdussalam has charged troops in 16 Brigade, Area of Responsibility (AOR) to do more in ensuring critical national infrastructures are adequately protected. 

He gave the charge on 12 January 2024, while on a working visit, during which he commissioned multiple projects.  

Major General Abdussalam, while addressing troops at 16 Field Engineer Regiment (FER), Toru-Orua, Sagbama LGA, further charged them to continue destroying illegal refineries and to stop pipeline vandalism and all forms of criminalities in the Niger Delta Region (NDR).

This, he maintained, becomes necessary to enable the Federal Government of Nigeria to continue scaling up oil production in order to improve export quota, which will lead to increased  revenue. 

He said that any disruption on the pipeline affects oil production and ultimately revenue. Thus, efforts must be emplaced to stop all criminal activities in the NDR. " You must sustain the operational tempo against pipeline vandals and economic saboteurs," the GOC stressed.

While at Headquarters, 16 Brigade, he commended the Commander for the laudable projects he initiated, adding that it has transformed the Brigade tremendously. He also appreciated him for the achievements, urging all officers to ensure they make improvements wherever they find themselves while leaving good legacies. 

The Commander, 16 Brigade, Brigadier General Sadisu Yakasai, while thanking the GOC, said the projects commissioned, centered on officers and soldiers welfare. 

He further added that having worked under the GOC's tutelage in the past at Army War College Nigeria, and now as his Brigade Commander, he has learned a lot. He added that the Brigade remains highly indebted to the GOC for all he has done in support of the Brigade.

Earlier, the Commanding Officer, 16 FER, Lieutenant Colonel Akinlolu Ayanfuso, said the construction of the Corporal and Below Quarters (CBQ), commenced in the year 2018. The construction process halted after the structure was roofed and was still in a skeletal stage. Following his maiden visit to the unit on 6 of March 2023, the Commander Corp of Engineers, Major General Philip Eromosele, promised to complete the construction of the structure. Thereafter, work to complete the structure commenced again on 25 Jun 23. Today, the project has been delivered and thankfully commisoned by the GOC.

During the visit, the GOC commissioned multiple projects. These include, a one storey 20 family CBQ at Toru-Orua, designed for troops and their families, Commander 16 Brigade official residence, Nigerian Army Post Exchange (NAPEX) and Soldiers' Canteen as well as Number 2 Gate at Camp Tukur Yusufu Buratai, Yenagoa. Others include the commissioning of the Regimental Sergeant Major's official residence, unveiling of a street named after the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TA Lagbaja,  commissionng  of Officers' transit accommodation and tree planting campaign in support of 16 Brigade biodiversity drive

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