The Minister of Defence of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Prince Adetokumbo Kayode who is presently on a visit to Sierra Leone has assured his Sierra Leonean counterpart, Retired Major Alfred Palo Conteh and members of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces of his continued support to the Sierra Leone Army.
The Visiting Minister said it is time for the two countries to look at each other as partners saying “we cannot but work together as partners and friends in addressing the challenges confronting us and, I am sure we will be able to work with you”.
The Minister further disclosed that his visit is an indication of a very good partnership between the two Ministries and the armed Forces of the two countries.
Prince Adetokumbo Kayode went on to say that Nigeria has been contributing greatly towards the post war development process of Sierra Leone and they will continue in doing this by establishing a very close collaboration between the two countries.
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Defence Rt. Maj. Palo Conteh welcomed the Minister, the Chief of Defence Staff and their entourage to the country on behalf of the RSLAF adding that Nigeria means a lot to Sierra Leone and the visit of the Minister and his Army Chief is a clear indication of a friendly relationship between the two countries.
Col. John Milton presented a vivid picture of the RSLAF to the visiting Minister by intimating him about the activities and numerous challenges of the RSLAF. He said the RSLAF is faced with difficulties to house its personnel in barracks since the number of soldiers has increased from 3000 before the war to 17,000 after the war. The problem of transportation for land, air and sea to enhance effective operation still remain a huge challenge to the military.
The Nigerian Minister and his team also visited State House where they were formally welcomed by President Ernest Bai Koroma. His entourage includes the Chief of Defence Staff of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Armed Forces and a host of other senior officers. By William Freeman