The Nigerian Army Properties Limited has commissioned its first mega fuel service station located along Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe Road in Western Bypass, Minna.
The fuel service station which has four pumps for petrol and one each for Diesel and Kerosene including a Supermarket and a Mechanic Workshop, will operate a 24-hour service daily and the military plans to replicate the project in Enugu, Ibadan, Kaduna, Lagos, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt and Abuja among others.
President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, at the opening ceremony on Friday, commended the Nigerian Armed Forces’ leadership for their commitment and zeal in tackling security issues across Nigeria.
The Chief of Defence Staff stated that the noble relationship behind the establishment of the project was quite commendable and legendary, adding that it was part of the current efforts to re position the Nigerian Army to meet with the contemporary realities.
He congratulated the Nigerian Army for this giant stride which is in line with the policy direction of the present administration, and assured the military that this administration would continue to provide the much needed support to the Armed Forces for efficient service delivery and effective discharge of their responsibilities.
According to the Defence Chief, the establishment of the Nigerian Army Properties Limited projects had made the Service optimum utilization of its human and material assets into profitable business ventures towards improving the welfare and well beings of the Nigerian Armed Forces at large and their families as well as the general populace.
He stressed that the Company could also afford the Nigerian Army the opportunity to effectively engage all the arms and services in their various areas of specializations to enhance service delivery.
Also, at the occasion, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, said the newly commissioned mega fuel service station was a pacesetter, explaining that the project was in line with his vision of having a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles.
General Buratai while thanking President Muhammadu Buhari for his continuous support and for standing solidly behind the Nigerian Armed Forces in combating the insecurity in the northeast, further emphasized that the Service had also diversified attention into areas that would improve the welfare and well-being of the Nigerian Armed Forces personnel, their families and the civil populace.