The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Tuesday commissioned a new ultra-modern Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) complex to boost intellectual research aimed at providing solutions to the Service challenges.
The COAS, speaking at the launch, described the NARC as a service think-tank with national and global outlook and expressed confidence that the centre will achieve the desired objectives for which it was established.
Buratai also expressed delight for the services rendered so far by the center since it’s establishment, saying it has been beneficial to not only the military, but paramilitary agencies, departments, institutions within and outside Nigeria with services such as training of participants on security, research, science amongst others.
Buratai further described the collaboration agreements signed by NARC with national and international institutions as historic, significant, purposeful as well as commendable.
He said: “We also have collaboration with international institutions such as King College in London, United Service Institute of India, Kennedy Harvard School in United States. These are well recognized institutions globally.
“We are also working with Royal Institute in London in order to get the necessary support and intellectual guidance as well as carry out research that are needed”.
The Army Chief further hinted that the Army is working on a a more modern museum which will he located at the Muhammadu Buhari Cantonment, along the airport road.
“Plans are already underway, we are sending officers to countries where they have standard museum so they can look at it”, he said.
Buratai after commissioning the complex, also delivered a lecture titled: “Repositioning the Nigerian Army to meet the Transmuting Security Threats Facing the Nation: Prospects and Challenges.”
Earlier, the Director General, NARC, Maj-Gen. Garba Wahab (rtd), thanked the COAS, Board of Trustees and personnel of the Nigerian Army for their support and direction to the NARC.
Wahab said with the new complex, the entire staff of the centre will put more effort, because according to him “to whom much is given, much is expected”
He informed that Buratai has magnanimously posted to the Centre, two Major Generals and about eight Brigaiader-Generals as specialists to monitor events in various areas around the world “so that the centre could be at par with others anywhere in the universe”.
The new complex has high definition cameras and multimedia, to allow the COAS monitor what goes in in the centre. It also has a sitting capacity of atleast 300 people among other high definition technology.
The NARC which was established on November 20, 2015, is conceptualized as a national ‘Think-Tank’ with the sole aim of furthering the interest and knowledge in the art, science and literature of the defence Services.
It is saddled with the responsibility of proffering solutions to defence and security issues confronting the Nigerian Army (NA) in particular and the nation in general.
The Centre is also positions to providing publication of journals (specifically defence related journals ), organising seminars as well as providing a security related consultancy services amongst other security related services.