The Amphibious Training School (ATS), Nigerian army, Calabar, on Thursday solicited support from the office of the Chief of army staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, towards the speedy completion of its lecture hall and office building projects.
The appeal was made by the school’s commandant, Brig. Gen. Temitope Ademola, shortly after the Chief of army staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratia, formally flagged off the army’s ongoing drill in the Niger Delta region, ‘Exercise Crocodile Smile’, and the subsequent inauguration of ATS boat hanger, in Cross River State.
According to Ademola, in his welcome remark, the projects were 85% completed, respectively, and requires the COAS’s intervention to ensure its completion in few weeks’ time.
The commandant decried the level of infrastructural deficit in the school, recalling how he, through the support of the army higher hierarchy made concerted efforts upon his assumption in office, to renovate some of the school’s broken down platforms.
He expressed optimism that the projects which were initially driven by a directive by the COAS to army commanders to embark on developmental projects, would be completed as scheduled.
“Like I have earlier mentioned, the ATS has suffered prolonged infrastructural deficit and it is the desire of the current administration to continue to maintain existing structures and embark on new projects, as soon as possible.
“As we commission this project today, we shall in few weeks’ time commission another project which the COAS and his entourage would be invited to inspect. It is a building that consists of one lecture hall and office for the deputy commandant and 5 other offices for senior instructors. This project, which began in late May, this year, is about 85% completed.
“I must state that this project has been driven by the COAS directives that Nigerian army commanders should embark on this kind of developmental projects, with assurance of his magnanimous support. We therefore, sincerely and respectfully, await the COAS’s support in this regard”, he said.
General Ademola thanked his predecessors, instructors and staff, for their unflinching support towards the growth of the school, while demanding for more sacrifices.