Defence Minister Commissions Buhari Cantonment
The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi has commissioned the newly-constructed Muhammadu Buhari Cantonment in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Cantonment is located at Tunga-Maje, a community along Zuba-Gwagwalada expressway, in Abuja.
The Cantonment will provide both office and residential accommodations for 150 personnel of the Nigerian Army (NA).
Maj. Gen. Magashi (rted.), in his speech, noted that the commissioning symbolizes the relentless effort of the Federal Government to improve the welfare of troops, and by extension, boosting the morale component of the NA.
He pledged to continue supporting the Army in the Cantonment project, in order to ensure its completion in all ramification.
In his welcome address at the event, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, disclosed that the structures were part of the proposed facilities captured in the 2018 capital budget for construction in the Cantonment, to ameliorate the challenges of acute shortage of accommodation facing the NA in particular.
According to the COAS, to have a professionally-responsive in the discharge of its constitutional role requires a befitting office and residential accomodation.
He explained that the facilities will accommodate officers, senior non-commissioned officers, and corporals, together with other personnel.
He reiterated his commitment to providing more decent accommodation for NA personnel, saying arrangements have been completed to provide befitting furniture, as well as adequate logistics support to facilitate officers’ commuting to and fro from the Central Area of the FCT.
When completed, the Cantonment will have nine blocks of 10 ten Corporals’ and below quarters, six blocks of 4-family Corporals’ and below quarters, four blocks of 4-bedroom detached married officers’ quarters, five blocks of twin bedroom semi-detached single officers’ quarters, RCM and Detention Centres, Quarter Guard, Entrance Gate, access road, streetlights, and 33KVA electric line, among other features.