We have sanitized military procurement process – Osinbajo
Following the discovery of $2.1 billion arms procurement scam in the military during the last administration, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo said on Tuesday the Federal Government has sanitised the military procurement process to prevent corruption.
He stated this while unveiling five brand new Super Mushshak aircrafts to decisively deal with insecurity in the North East.
The acting President, who was represented at the unveiling of the aircrafts and graduation ceremony of 16 student pilots held at the Nigerian Air Force Base Kaduna, by the Minister of Defence, Mansur Mohammed Dan-Ali, described the procurement of the aircraft as timely following the renewed attacks by Boko Haram militants in Maiduguri, Borno State.
He said: “We have sanitised the procurement process of military hardware with a view to eliminating corruption and inefficiency. I make bold to say that we have achieved remarkable savings and infused quality into the system.
“This has contributed in no small way to the acquisition of these new aircrafts without any encumbrances. I have no doubt that the acquisition of the Super Mushshak aircraft would add impetus to the training efforts of 401 FTS.
“This administration as promised two years ago is determined to protect everyone living in the country and their property. That is why it has taken the issue of insurgency and terrorism very seriously.
“The federal government is also including training and capacity building to what we are doing that is, acquisition of more air hardware and training so that our armed forces especially, the Air Force personnel can perform better in securing our national integrity.
“On corruption in the system and Boko Haram, we have re-strategized and all these attacks you see are just sign of weakness and we have been doing a lot to see that all these ambushes come to an end. We also want to train civil defence and police so they can join us where we are and move forward instead of remaining in one place.”
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