The Nigerian Army has received a boost in its fight against insurgency, as the French government donated books to the Nigerian Army Language Institute (NALI), in Ovim, Isikwuato Local Government Area of Abia State.
The Commandant of NALI, Col. Joseph Ajanaku received the books from the France Defense Attaché in Nigeria, Col. Marc Humbert.
Col. Humbert said the mastery of French will enable the Nigerian Army personnel adapt in their various military assignments with their French-speaking couterparts, especially in neighbouring countries where the fight against Boko Haram has been extended to.
Ajanaku commended the French government, adding that it is the first country to assist the college in achieving the objectives for which it was set up.
He also noted that the first set of students just commenced activities on August 1, 2015, starting the French Basic Course 1, maintaining that the donated books will help them to be proficient in French language.
He further noted that NALI was established to teach seven languages including Arabic, French, Swahili, Portuguese, German and Chinese while other will be added in due course in line with Nigeria’s bi-lateral agreements with other nations.