The Nigerian Army has announced plans to relax movement restriction in the north eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
The plan was disclosed on Monday by the Director In Charge of Operations of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Bassey Etuk, during a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Army.
Brigadier General Etuk told the lawmakers that with the current success over the Boko Haram insurgents, it was possible to review and relax some restrictions placed on human and vehicular movements in some parts of the region.
The Chairman of the Committee, Riman Shawulu, in his opening remarks said that the meeting was convened to address issues raised by farmers in Yobe State on their inability to access Premium Motor Spirit ( PMS ) to power generating plants used in their farms.
Earlier The House of Representatives and the Nigerian Army disagreed over the continued closure of roads in some liberated towns in the nation’s northeast.
The lawmakers voiced their displeasure with the restriction during a meeting with the Theatre Commander of the counter-insurgency war tagged “Operation Lafiya Dole”, Major General Lucky Irabor.
The House Defence Committee had visited the theatre command in Maiduguri, Borno State’s capital.
The seven-man committee led by Honourable Aliyu Isa said that their visit was part of a resolution of the House to investigate repeated complaints and petitions by members of the public in the region.
The Kwara State Government is set to strengthen its partnership with the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to quench security challenges and possible breakdown of law and order in the state.
The State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, made the statement on Tuesday while receiving members of the House of Representatives Committee on Army which was led by its Deputy Chairman, Funke Adedoyin.
Governor Ahmed, who identified the Nigerian Army Sobi Cantonment as a strong security partner, said that the presence of the cantonment in Ilorin was strategic in forestalling breakdown of law and order and ensuring genuine economic growth in the state.
He assured the lawmakers that his government would continue to support the Nigerian Army, Sobi in meeting its infrastructural deficit.
The Governor commended the House Committee on Army for embarking on a visitation to army formations across the country.
He also urged the Committee not to relent on its oversight functions in order to ensure adequate security in the country.
Earlier, the Deputy Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Army, commended the State Government for the existing working relationship with the Nigerian Army.
Mrs Adedoyin, who represented Irepodun, Isin, Oke-ero and Ekiti Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, expressed concern over the deplorable condition of Oloru-bode Saadu-jebba federal road which she described as a ‘disaster’.
She, however, urged the Governor to intervene in the interest of Nigerian economy.