President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a directive to the Ministry of Defence to commence the rehabilitation of military barracks nationwide under the Barracks Intervention Project.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, Mrs. Nuratu Batagarawa, stated this at the opening of the Nigerian Navy officers’ quarters in Kubwa, Abuja.
She said, “In line with the present administration’s policies, Mr. President had asked the Ministry of Defence to carry out a comprehensive intervention in the rehabilitation of military barracks and bases nationwide.
“The ministry has commenced work and a technical assessment visit to the Phase 2 Barracks Intervention Project is ongoing. In view of the navy’s peculiar inadequate barracks accommodation situation, more consideration will be given to ensure delivery of more living quarters to navy personnel.”
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, also speaking at the opening of the barracks, lamented the accommodation situation of its personnel.
Vice Admiral Ibas said the navy was able to provide accommodation to less than 30 per cent of its personnel nationwide.
“With an annual intake of 2,500 ratings and 200 officers, the accommodation situation in the navy would continue to worsen unless deliberate steps were taken,” he added.