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#MP2013 Presentation of the Minister of State for Defence

  1. 1. RESTRICTED 1 RESTRICTED BRIEF FOR MINISTERIAL PLATFORM ON THE ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMMES OF THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE FROM JUNE 2012 TO DATE INTRODUCTION 1. The Ministry of Defence is strategic for the achievement of the security objectives of the Federal Government as specified in the Transformation Agenda. The Ministry through series of policy interventions, strategic plans and Annual Budget Implementation has continued to sustain the protection and defence of Nigeria’s territorial integrity by the Armed Forces of Nigeria. It provides administrative and support services for the effective performance of the Defence Sector and the Nigerian Armed Forces. These activities will enable the Ministry of Defence achieve its vision of actualizing a Defence Sector with modernized and well trained Armed Forces, fully professionalized, compact and mobile with adequate equipment, firepower and communications. 2. Contemporary global security imperatives coupled with the current geo- strategic setting in sub-Saharan Africa have significantly altered the dynamics of the operating environment thereby increasingly necessitating the need to reposition the Defence Sector in line with international best practices. This is in order to implement and institute result oriented programmes within the context of the Ministry’s vision and objectives as encapsulated in the Nation’s Vision 20:2020 and in consonance with the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR.
  2. 2. RESTRICTED 2 RESTRICTED AIM 3. The aim of the presentation is to highlight the achievements of MOD from June 2012 to date. SCOPE 4. The presentation will cover the following areas: a. Achievements of Ministry of Defence. b. Achievements of Defence Headquarters. c. Achievements of Nigerian Army. d. Achievements of Nigerian Navy. e. Achievements of Nigerian Air Force. ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE 5. In realization of the objectives of the Ministry of Defence as spelt out in the Transformation Agenda, the Ministry and the Armed Forces have carried out a number of activities to deliver on its mandate. Some notable achievements of the Ministry include: a. Coordinating the activities of the Armed Forces in providing aid to civil authority. To this end, a number of joint operations were set up by Defence Headquarters and the Services in various parts of the country. These operations have achieved tremendous success, leading to a
  3. 3. RESTRICTED 3 RESTRICTED substantial reduction of casualties of terrorist attacks, kidnappings and other criminal activities. b. A number of acquisitions were made in 2012 to improve on the equipment holding of the Armed Forces. The Ministry has also supported initiatives aimed at maintaining various platforms using the ingenuity of our local engineers thereby saving the nation scarce foreign exchange. c. The Ministry has negotiated defence cooperation agreements with many countries in 2012 and the country stands to benefit from these arrangements. No country can defend itself in isolation given the dynamic nature of the international environment especially with the rise of global terrorism. A number of engagements were therefore made with our neighbours and international partners and a lot stands to be achieved in terms of information sharing, capacity building and exchange programmes. d. The Ministry has continued to support the Armed Forces in Research and Development. It is one of the major objectives of this Administration to develop the Military Industrial Complex of Nigeria as part of its industrialization drive. To this end, the Federal Government in 2012 set up a high powered committee headed by the Vice President to reposition the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) for
  4. 4. RESTRICTED 4 RESTRICTED greater efficiency. The report of the committee has been submitted to Mr President and it is expected that the recommendations would help initiate a transformation in the local production of military equipment. In the meantime, DICON has gone into partnership with foreign companies for the manufacture of weapons, bullet proof vests and other equipment. DICON is also in the process of partnering with a private organization under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement for the production of Armoured Personnel Carriers. e. Support to peacekeeping missions especially in terms of improving the state of Contingent Owned Equipment of Nigerian peacekeepers in various missions. f. Improving the administration of military pensioners as evidenced in the approval granted in 2012 by the Federal Government for the inclusion of all military pensioners in the National Health Insurance Scheme. g. The Ministry has provided support services to the tri-Service institutions and defence parastatals to ensure effective accomplishment of their mission objectives within the period under review. The tri-Service institutions are National Defence College, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Nigerian Defence Academy and Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre. The defence parastatals include Defence Industries
  5. 5. RESTRICTED 5 RESTRICTED Corporation of Nigeria, Military Pensions Board, Defence Health Maintenance Limited and the Presidential Committee on Barracks Rehabilitation. h. In the area of health care, the Ministry of Defence HIV Programme Emergency Plan Implementation Committee (EPIC) in partnership with the United States Department of Defence HIV Programme has offered HIV counseling and test services to many Nigerians and placed over 25,000 on Anti-Retroviral Therapy. In the last one year, 15 new sites were established and the services are rendered free. The Emergency Plan Implementation Committee has established the Defence Reference Laboratory which will be accredited internationally by the College of American Pathologists. i. The plight of orphans and vulnerable children from HIV/AIDS has been a major focus of attention of the Ministry. Accordingly, the Ministry inaugurated a Board of Trustees to oversee that their needs are fully catered for and already 50 children are benefitting from this arrangement. ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS 6. The Defence Headquarters’ major role is the coordination of joint Services operations both in and outside the country. It is also administratively in charge of all tri-Service institutions. During the period under review, Defence
  6. 6. RESTRICTED 6 RESTRICTED Headquarters’ primary focus had been in the area of internal security challenges. In addition, it had been actively engaged in missions such as, United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), United Nations African Union Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), United Nations Mission in Cote d’voire (ONUCI), ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau (ECOMIB) and the African led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA). AFISMA will be transforming into United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on 1 July 2013 following United Nations Security Council Resolution 2100 of 25 April 2013 which approved the establishment of the mission under the auspices of the United Nations. INTERNAL SECURITY OPERATIONS 7. The success recorded by setting up of the various Joint Task Forces in some parts of the country is a major achievement of DHQ. a. Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF). The Multinational Joint Task Force is a tripartite operation involving Nigeria, Chad and Niger Republics. The task force is charged with the responsibility of containing cross border banditry and criminal activities around the international borders of Chad, Nigeria and Niger. Some achievements of the task force within the last one year include: (1) Checkmating the influx of illegal arms within its Area of Responsibility through robust patrols.
  7. 7. RESTRICTED 7 RESTRICTED (2) Arrest of some members of the Boko Haram Group including those who escaped to other countries. (3) Establishment of Forward Operating Bases from where Quick Response Force is launched. b. Special Task Force Operation SAFE HAVEN. Operation SAFE HAVEN was established on 21 January 2010 following the crises that engulfed Jos Metropolis on 17 January 2010 and later spread to other Local Government Areas. It was tasked with the maintenance of law and order and protection of law abiding citizens within Plateau State and some parts of Bauchi State. Some of the achievements of the task force within the period under review include: (1) Establishment of Forward Operating Base at Gashish District. The district has much grass which generates conflict between Birom farmers and Fulani herdsmen. Since the establishment of the base in August 2012, no report of clashes have been received in the area except isolated cases of criminalities. (2) The task force has also established Civil Military Relations Network through the purchase and distribution of 1000 mobile phones to selected locals across the state for timely passage of information. This has reduced the reaction time of the Special Task Force and instilled caution on would-be criminals. It has also demonstrated the professionalism of our troops and endeared them to the hearts of the populace.
  8. 8. RESTRICTED 8 RESTRICTED c. Joint Task Force Operation PULO SHIELD. Operation PULO SHIELD in the Niger Delta region was established with the aim of protecting oil installations and curbing oil theft following the dissolution of OPERATION RESTORE HOPE due to the Amnesty Programme by the Federal Government. The Area of Responsibility of this operation has been expanded to cover 9 states in the South East and South South regions of the country. Some of the achievements of the Task Force within the last one year include: (1) Enhanced protection of oil and gas facilities through increased air and ground patrols of pipeline networks to deter vandals from sabotage activities. Troops were deployed on most critical platforms on a 24/7 basis to enhance their security. While criminalities in the industry have not been completely eliminated, efforts of the Joint Task Force have reduced the level of crude oil theft drastically within the period under review. (2) Conduct of incisive anti-illegal oil bunkering patrols led to the arrest of 1,653 suspects and destruction of 3,778 illegal refineries within the last one year. Similarly, 120 barges, 878 Cotonou boats, 161 tanker trucks, 178 illegal fuel dumps and 5,238 surface tanks were destroyed by the Joint Task Force. (3) Within the last one year, the Joint Task Force has destroyed militant camps at Oron in Akwa Ibom State, Ikang in Cross River
  9. 9. RESTRICTED 9 RESTRICTED State, Foropa in Bayelsa State, Ojoma Creek and Ferupakama Community in Rivers State. (4) The Joint Task Force recovered many arms, ammunition and explosives following raids conducted on militant camps on 25 August 2012. d. Joint Task Force Operation RESTORE ORDER. Operation RESTORE ORDER was established in Borno State to contain the activities of Boko Haram. The following were achieved by the Task Force within the period under review: (1) Restoration of normalcy and confidence building between the troops and the populace. (2) The operations of the Joint Task Force had made Maiduguri and environs untenable for the miscreants. (3) Destruction of some identified Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) production factories and recovery of large caches of arms, ammunitions and explosives. (4) Identifying, monitoring and controlling the influx of illegal immigrants into Borno State and their repatriation as appropriate. e. Operation BOYANA. Following the declaration of State of Emergency in 3 states, Operation BOYONA was established to contain the excesses of Boko Haram. The operation has so far been very successful. The insurgents as you are all aware have been dislodged from
  10. 10. RESTRICTED 10 RESTRICTED their stronghold at Sambisa forest. Some of the images of the area are shown on the screen. PEACE SUPPORT OPERATIONS 8. Nigeria has continued to honour international obligations through contributions to peace and security across the globe particularly in Africa. To this end, the Armed Forces of Nigeria is participating in 9 United Nations peacekeeping missions within and outside Africa with about 5,000 officers and men including military hardware deployed to various missions in the period under review. In November 2012, a total of 186 personnel were deployed to Guinea Bissau as part of the ECOWAS military intervention force to restore normalcy to the troubled West African country. Similarly, following the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2085 which approved the formation of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali to flush out the rebels operating in the country, Nigerian deployed a reinforced infantry battalion on 17 January 2013. Some of the achievements in the area of Peace Support Operations within the last one year include: a. Repairs and upgrading of the Contingent Owned Equipment in Darfur, particularly Armoured Personnel Carriers and other logistics vehicles by a team from the Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
  11. 11. RESTRICTED 11 RESTRICTED b. Effective conduct of Pre-Deployment Training at the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre Jaji for all units inducted into the mission area and also for Military Observers deployed to various missions. c. Acquisition of new Armoured Personnel Carriers for troops deployed in Darfur and Liberia. d. Production of national cost data for Peace Support Operations. This entails the articulation of all Contingent Owned Equipment requirements for Troop Contributing Countries and Police Contributing Countries in line with United Nations specifications for a period of 2 years. 9. The DHQ has also worked hard in strengthening and promoting Civil Military Relations through public enlightenment and sensitization programmes organized at the various locations of the Joint Task Forces. These programmes have been a huge success especially in acquainting the civil populace with the activities of the Joint Task Forces. ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY 10. The Nigerian Army (NA) has made some significant achievements in the last one year. The Army has refurbished a large number of Armoured Personnel Carriers, Armoured Fighting Vehicles and the Shilka guns which are aimed at enhancing its capacity for internal security operations. Some refurbished vehicles and guns are shown on the screen. The NA has modernized the firing
  12. 12. RESTRICTED 12 RESTRICTED range at Jaji Military Cantonment with the installation of electronic target display machines to enhance troops’ accuracy and precision. As part of efforts to boost research and development in the military, the NA manufactured the first indigenous Armoured Personnel Carrier ‘IGIRIGI’. In another vein, the Nigerian Army has established a Dog Centre at Abuja for deployment at strategic areas in order to enhance search operations and for detection of explosives. A number of personnel from the Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police have been trained both at home and overseas in the handling of the dogs. The Nigerian Army has also established the Army Transformation and Innovation Centre to provide the lead and guidance for promotion of improvements through reduced operational risks and increased operational efficiency. 11. The Nigerian Army has established many Forward Operating Bases across the country to curtail the activities of terrorists, kidnappers and oil pipeline vandals. The Nigerian Army in a bid to improving the operations of troops deployed in the creeks of Niger Delta commissioned 8 gun boats with enhanced speed and firepower. Welfare of personnel was accorded a high priority through series of renovation works, rehabilitation of dilapidated infrastructure and construction of new facilities using direct labour in almost all the barracks across the country as shown on the screen. Similarly, many abandoned projects were reactivated and completed as shown on the screen. The Nigerian Army also constructed new barracks at Ohafia and Kuje using direct labour while the barracks in Gwagwalada is under construction. Bungalow
  13. 13. RESTRICTED 13 RESTRICTED apartments were also constructed for 3 Nigerian Army officers who were victims of the ill-fated Dana air crash and handed over to the next of kins. In the area of healthcare, a medical centre was commissioned in Benin, Edo State. 12. The Army has strengthened its intelligence network in order to checkmate the activities of terrorists and criminals. In addition, there have been series of joint military training with the Police and other Para-military agencies at combating the spate of terrorism in the Country. One of such trainings is the Counter Terrorists and Counter Insurgency (CTCOIN) training extended to the Nigerian Police (NP) and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) personnel conducted at the Nigerian Army Training Centre Kontagora. There have also been some tremendous efforts by the Army at improving Civil Military Relations (CIMIC) by conducting seminars, conferences and enlightenment campaigns on military activities. The Nigerian Army is also involved in national development such as construction of roads and bridges for some states of the Federation. ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE NIGERIAN NAVY 13. The Nigerian Navy (NN) on the other hand espoused the Trinity of Action concept which entails enhanced surveillance, response initiative and enforcement in order to enhance Nigeria’s maritime security. This initiative was targeted towards revamping the requisite sea power for maritime control and protection of Nigeria’s economic wealth particularly in the Gulf of Guinea and the
  14. 14. RESTRICTED 14 RESTRICTED Niger Delta. Accordingly, to enhance surveillance of Nigeria’s coast, the Nigerian Navy integrated the Regional Maritime Awareness Capability Centre (RMAC) with the Coastal Maritime Radar Surveillance System (COMARASS) assets which were previously under PICOMMS thereby increasing the radius of coverage. The Navy conducted 4 major exercises under the response designed to refresh participants on the fundamentals policing operations, interdiction at sea, as well as to practice techniques and procedures. The exercises are FARAUTA, ICHUNTA, INDIKARA and SEIOTU DUOPAMO. The Nigerian Navy also participated in a United States sponsored multinational maritime interdiction exercise involving navies from 10 nations, Exercise OBANGAME EXPRESS which took place in Douala Cameroon in February 2013. The exercise was aimed at updating countries in the Gulf of Guinea on the fundamentals of conducting policing operations at sea and also the exchange of techniques and procedures. NNS THUNDER and NNS BURUTU participated in the exercise which was a huge success. 14. The Nigerian Navy in a bid to provide a secure and enabling environment for maritime resource management organized a retreat for maritime stakeholders at Uyo. Furthermore, the Navy has made new acquisitions of platforms, marine gun boats and patrol vessels to enhance security. Among these are the Shaldag and Ocea boats. Other platforms acquired by the Nigerian Navy are as shown on the screen. The Nigerian Navy has also commissioned a locally manufactured Seaward Defence Boat, named NNS
  15. 15. RESTRICTED 15 RESTRICTED ANDONI. The boat was commissioned by Mr President on 1 June 2012 in Lagos. His Excellency also laid the keel for the construction of the second Seaward Defence Boat at Naval Dockyard. 15. It is also noteworthy to state that from June 2012 till date, increased patrols by the Nigerian Navy led to the arrest of over 50 vessels for various infractions and illegalities in Nigerian waters. Some of the arrested vessels and barges are shown on the screen. Furthermore, the Nigerian Navy is currently running a joint security maritime patrol with the Republic of Benin (Operation PROSPERITY) and the operation has drastically reduced the menace of piracy and other criminal activities in the waters of the 2 countries. In furtherance of the war against crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism, the Nigerian Navy launched a new website, www.cot.navy.mil.ng to provide details relating to movement and trans-shipment of crude and petroleum products as promulgated by relevant authorities. The Navy in conjunction with the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta has destroyed 671 illegal refineries between January – March 2013. Details of illegal refineries destroyed by Nigerian Navy units are shown on the screen. ACHIEVEMENTS OF NIGERIAN AIR FORCE 16. During the period under review, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) improved its operational capability by reactivating more of its unserviceable platforms. The
  16. 16. RESTRICTED 16 RESTRICTED NAF engaged in airlifting troops and equipment to mission areas within and outside the Country. It airlifted Nigerian contingents and those of other sister African countries for missions in Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Sudan and Mali. The NAF has enhanced National Security through air maritime patrol operations to curtail illegal maritime activities and to support surface forces. Several missions were also flown with NAF helicopters in support of disaster relief operations in conjunction with National Emergency Management Agency. 17. The NAF has also engaged in mass training of pilots within and outside the Country to enhance operational effectiveness. Twenty (20) pilots were winged after successful completion of pilot training including the first female pilot in compliance with presidential directive. Thirty two (32) other student pilots are expected to graduate this year. Similarly, the NAF made giant strides in promoting the aviation industry by establishing the International Helicopter Flying Training School in Enugu, a project that will conserve foreign exchange for many stakeholders in the industry. In infrastructural development, the NAF comprehensively upgraded the Kainji runway facilities to accommodate night flying operations for the first time in the 28 years history of the Base. 18. In the area of domestic aircraft engineering, the NAF conducted Periodic Depot Maintenance of its fleet of Alpha Jets, Dornier 228 aircraft including one from Niger Republic, as well as one C130H aircraft which is almost concluded. The NAF is also taking advantage of the Public Private Partnership Initiative. Pursuant to providing needed airlift support for the Armed Forces, African Union
  17. 17. RESTRICTED 17 RESTRICTED and United Nations operations, the NAF Holding Company through one of its subsidiaries, Aeronautical Engineering and Technical Services Limited, has entered a Joint Venture Agreement with the objective of improving our airlift capability. The company has acquired a Boeing 737-500 aircraft towards achieving this objective while an additional aircraft is expected to augment the fleet in August. This venture is an important step towards building the desired Military Industrial Complex. Another project designed to bring Nigeria to aeronautical prominence internationally, is the conduct of the biennial Air EXPO. Air EXPO 2012 was exceptionally remarkable in this regard. The next edition of the Air EXPO will be in 2014 with a centennial dimension. 19. The NAF has made significant break-throughs in the field of Research and Development (R&D). The NAF has entered into various Memoranda of Understanding with 12 Universities and 5 research agencies to promote innovative activities in the Service as well as develop the capacity of its personnel and vice versa. In its quest for excellence, the NAF recently commissioned the Centre for Innovative and Adaptive Technology at the Air Force Institute of Technology in Kaduna. Furthermore, the R&D department of the NAF carried out the re-modification of the Augusta 109 LUH Helicopter in its fleet. The department also produced a protective cover for the drag chute switch of the F-7 aircraft to prevent inadvertent activation. Other achievements of the NAF include the re-modification of the battery compartment of the F7/FT-7Ni aircraft to accommodate more durable batteries, production of hydraulic
  18. 18. RESTRICTED 18 RESTRICTED diaphragm for the Mi-35P helicopter using locally sourced expertise and resources, and the production of power supply unit for high frequency RF5800 radio as shown. Additionally, a link trainer (simulator) for the ABT-18 aircraft and aircraft ejection seat stand were produced. 20. In the area of administration, the cancer screening centre in the NAF Hospital Abuja is currently the best in Nigeria while the Medical Laboratory in the NAF Hospital Ikeja is the only 5 star rated Laboratory in the West African Sub- region. The Laboratory received an international award for its excellent services in December 2012. The NAF carried out various projects during the period under review. While some projects have been completed, others are at varying levels of completion. Among the completed projects are the Centre for Innovation and Adaptive Technology, the construction of residential accommodation and the provision of equipment and kitting for personnel. Other projects executed by the NAF are shown on the screen. CONCLUSION 21. In conclusion, we have heard in the past few minutes that the key policies of the Ministry of Defence are centered towards the building and maintenance of flexible, compact and highly trained Armed Forces as encapsulated in the Transformation Agenda of the present Administration. These have been achievable through series of Key Programmes and Plans by the Ministry. The
  19. 19. RESTRICTED 19 RESTRICTED Ministry has made modest achievements through its efforts at re- professionalizing, training/re-training and equipping the Armed Forces. Some achievements have been made through internal security efforts at curbing the activities of terrorists and criminals in some parts of the country. Nigeria still remains an active player in both regional and world peace efforts. Finally, the military is ensuring the oneness and unity of Nigeria. Thank you for listening.