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Defence Ministry: Propose Civilians, Military in Key Positions


 SANI Muhammad Sani 
The new Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Defence (FMoD), Dr Ibrahim Kana, has stated that one of his aspirations for the Ministry is to see to the deployment of more military personnel to take up key positions in the Ministry, alongside their civilian counterparts. 
He stated this when he paid his maiden visit to Headquarters Nigerian Air Force Thursday. 
The right mix of civilians and military personnel working side-by-side at FMoD  According to Dr Kana will reduce the bottlenecks usually experienced in handling and treating official matters affecting the Services while also enhancing co-operation and collaboration. 
He also stated that under his watch, special attention will be given towards improving the standards of education and healthcare in schools and medical facilities run by the military, in view of the critical roles these infrastructures play in enhancing morale among troops.
Kana also emphasized on the need for improved synergy especially now that the various Services continue to expand in sizes and roles as well as delve into each other’s responsibilities and expertise.
 “As the Services expand and delve into each other’s expertise, the need for synergy and cooperation is expedient,” he noted. 
Kana also commended NAF for its counter terrorism and counter insurgency efforts, while acknowledging the risks NAF personnel, especially pilots take towards securing the Nation.
The Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Oladayo Amao congratulated him on his appointment and assured him of NAF’s readiness to support him towards a successful tour of duty.
He noted that going by the impeccable milestone achieved by the PermSec as noted in his citation, he was confident that the needed synergy between the Services and FMoD would be much better. 
The CAS further stated that for the NAF and sister Services, the culture of jointness in all joint operations has come to stay and because the solution to the current security challenges requires a whole-of-society approach, the Armed Forces will require the support of the PermSec.

Defence Ministry: Propose Civilians, Military in Key Positions

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