The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, has said there was the need to approve extra-budgetary funding for modern military equipment to enhance the firepower and operational needs of the armed forces.
Lawan disclosed this at the graduation ceremony for the National Defence College (NDC) Course 29 Participants in Abuja.
The Senate President argued that the additional funding passed by the National Assembly would help the military to acquire Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (CIEDs), intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, reconnaissance and communication equipment.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari has insisted on a total defeat of criminals as part of his agenda to fix Nigeria’s security challenges.
He said, “We are promoting a sustainable approach to developing military capabilities, which encourages people to be proactive and not reactive which anticipates threats before they emerge.
“Mr President Buhari insists on a total defeat of criminals as part of agenda to secure territories.
“The Federal Government has been working tirelessly with governments of our contiguous neighbours to strengthen the regional security framework
“We will continue to reform not only our armed forces but also the institutions and departments that serve them by encouraging a culture of creativity and intelligence risk taking.”