By Joy Odor
The Nigerian Army (NA) has expressed its readiness for effective collaboration with her Indian counterpart on capacity development.
The bilateral collaboration would be in the areas of military training, health, technology among others.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya made this known when he received a delegation from Defence Scoping of India at Army Headquarters Abuja on Thursday which was made available to newsmen in a press statement by the Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu.
Lieutenant General Yahaya noted that India has enormous potentials that the NA could explore in support of its training and operations.
He said Nigeria and India have historical ties that are mutually beneficial.
While commending the delegation for the visit, he reiterated
that the collaboration would facilitate information sharing and exchange of experiences in military development.
He noted that the NA could further develop the capacity of its medical personnel and enhance technological capacity in aid of military operations.
The leader of the delegation, Lieutenant General Vinod Khandare (rtd), who is the Military Adviser to National Council of India, stated that he was at Army Headquarters to explore frontiers for effective collaboration between both countries.
He assured the COAS of India’s desire to continually assist and cooperate with the NA in the areas of training, human capacity development and other viable areas.
The Military Adviser to National Council of India, said the visit would equally enhance the historical ties between the two countries.
He added that the envisaged areas of training would sharpen the skills of NA personnel.
Lt Gen Khandare assured that the Government of India will continue to support the NA in providing the necessary skills that would enhance troops’ capacity in ongoing military operations.