Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) , Lt. General Tukur Buratai said the Nigeria Army would recruit 12,000 men this year to boost its operations across the country.
Buratai, who was speaking during a budget defence session with the House of Representatives Committee on Army, said the recruitment exercise would take place after the approval of the army’s 2017 budget proposal of N152.8 billion.
He said the recruitment exercise would be in two batches with 6,000 men first and another 6,000 later, Daily Trust reports.
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Buratai said the Nigerian army was currently engaged in different operations in 32 states of the federation, combating kidnapping, terrorism, pipeline vandalism, cattle rustling, among others.
He also told lawmakers that lack of prompt release of funds was hampering military operations nationwide, adding that they needed to boost the morale of troops regularly.
He said the army face many challenges, which in some instances necessitated the deployment of Quick Response Groups to troubled areas and establishment of new units in some cases.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, February 2, the Nigerian army released a list of 76 regular recruits intake for the 2016 recruitment process.
In a statement signed by the Nigerian army chief administration M.I Alkali the result of the screening can be accessed on the force’s portal, www.narecruitment.org.
Alkali, a major general said the screening and examination was conducted on January 7, 2017.