The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, on Tuesday 15 March 2023, commissioned new building structures to enhance training at the Nigerian Army School of Finance and Administration (NASFA) in Apapa, Lagos state.
Commissioning the projects, the COAS observed that the infrastructural development is in consonance with one of the four pillars of his philosophy of Command, which is “Readiness”, adding that a key component of training is a conducive environment for learning.
This, he emphasized, is the catalyst that drives the Nigerian Army (NA) under his leadership to provide infrastructure and other facilities for training institutions across the NA. Gen Yahaya used the occasion to commend officers and soldiers of the NA for their apolitical and professional conduct during the last polls held on 25 February 2023.
According to Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Army chief noted that the high professional standard exhibited by personnel in synergy with sister services and other security agencies provided the needed safe, secure and conducive atmosphere for the conduct of the elections. He charged the troops to sustain the standard to ensure the civil populace exercised their civic responsibilities without fear or anxiety. He pledged to provide requisite logistics for formations and units to discharge their constitutional roles.
Earlier, before the commissioning, the Chief of Account and Budget (Army), Maj Gen Adetokunbo Fayemiwo, had pointed out that the Nigerian Army School of Finance and Administration (NASFA) is the training arm of the Nigerian Army Finance Corps established in 1968 as the Nigerian Army Pay Corps Training School but was however renamed in 1982 after obtaining accreditation of the National Board for Technical Education to train personnel and award both the National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND).
He disclosed that the institution had produced 2,599 ND graduates and 1,943 HND graduates drawn from the three services of the Armed Forces of Nigeria. Gen Fayemiwo noted that the newly commissioned projects include two main lecture halls, four staff offices, a School auditorium, a female hostel, Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ mess, a Refectory and a bakery.
In another development, the COAS commissioned the renovated, remodelled and refurbished Alafia Oluwa Primary School and a 12,000 Litre capacity Borehole in Ilasamaja, Mushin, also in Lagos. The projects, which form part of the Chief of Army Staff Civil-Military Cooperation intervention projects, aimed at giving back to the Nigerian public for their support to the NA.
The Army Chief inaugurated a new Radio diagnostics Centre at the 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Yaba. The health facility will expedite the diagnosis of ailments and guide them on their treatment.