A member of the Senate Defence Committee, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has described the defence Sector as critical and pivotal for national development.
Speaking after an oversight visit by the Defence Committee to the Defence Intelligence Agency in Abuja on Wednesday, Adeleke affirmed that “a nation that cannot defend herself and secure her territorial integrity cannot successfully execute and sustain national development projects and programme.
“The Nigerian military and the entire defence and security apparatus are strategic assets which must be fully supported in the discharge of their national mandate. The greatness of any nation is both a function of national security and well being of her citizens. This is why adequate funding of the sector is a priority in many societies.
“For us in the National Assembly, supporting the defence sector is beyond partisan thinking. It is a national duty for all patriots.So our visit to the agency is part of that task of ensuring that budgtary allocations and needs of the sector are adequately attended to”,he said.
While lauding the contributions of the military to nation building,Adeleke urged leaders of the sector to continue to sustain national unity in their operations and activities,adding that “the nerve centre of national unity is our military and security sector.
“Defence and security personnel have contributed immensely to keeping Nigeria one. They are sacrificing on daily basis to keep all of us safe. Hence ,the Senate to which I belong will continue to do everything possible to ensure adequate budgetary allocations to the sector”, Senator Adeleke concluded.