The Senate has attributed the poor state of Army barracks
across the country to the ongoing wars against insurgency
The Senate Committee on the Army stated this after it
visited some military formations in Plateau and Bauchi
states to carry out some oversight activities.
The Chairman of the Senate panel, Senator Ali Ndume,
told journalists after the visit that money that should have
been used to fix the barracks were being paid as
allowances to the personnel who are participating in the
wars against insurgency and banditry.
He said efforts would be made by the two chambers of
the National Assembly to ensure that more money is
appropriated for the renovation of old barracks as well as
possible construction of new ones.
He said, “We went on oversight activities to see the
conditions of the barracks as well as assess the
implementation of the 2021 budget of the Army regarding
some capital projects.
We assessed the implementation of the 2021 budget
meant for the renovation of old structures in the barracks
and the new ones being built.
“We are impressed about the quality of the jobs done and
the speed at which they are being delivered.
“The conditions of the barracks is deplorable. The
parameter fencing, the road network and the walls of the
buildings are all dilapidated and they need complete
rehabilitation or even reconstruction
“The Nigerian Army is being involved in activities that are
not its primary responsibilities.
“The Nigerian Army is combatant and it is used to fighting
“They are now involved in duties that should ordinarily be
handled by the police or other security agencies. Despite
that, the Nigerian Army is doing its best.
“Too much funds are going into the various operations
especially with the insurgency in the North East, banditry
in the North West and instances of farmers-herders
clashes as well as other tribal crisis.
” It is unfortunate that the Nigerian Army for a long time
has not been properly taken care of.
“The condition of the barracks are bad because they are
not being maintained while much money is going into
“The money needed to fix the barracks is enormous and
government should approve more funds to the Nigerian
” There are no new barracks being built and the existing
ones are not being maintained.
“The army is engaged in various operations and the non-
regular allowances that are being paid is enormous.
“So much money is going into the payment of allowances
that could have been avoided if the nation is at peace.
Such money would have been used to fix the barracks.”