by Acadia Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, on Wednesday received 300 female soldiers deployed to boost security situation along Kaduna-Abuja highway where several cases of kidnappings and killings had been reported.
The first batch of the troops, who are of Nigerian Army Women Corps (NAWC), were formally received by Governor El-Rufai at their Kakau base on the highway.
The role of the women soldiers is to complement the existing operations along the highways and the environs.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor El-Rufai expressed optimism that, with the deployment of the female soldiers, the insecurity along the highways will soon be a thing of the past.
Governor El-Rufai expressed gratitude to the Nigerian Army for deploying the troops and assured them of the continued support of the Kaduna State Government, as they work for security in the state.
According to the governor, “The problem of Abuja-Kaduna Road will be over with these female soldiers, because ‘what a man can do, a woman can do better.’ We believe in the capability of women in this state.
While addressing the new security unit, the governor expressed optimism, saying, “I am confident the road will be the safest in Nigeria. We will do everything possible to make this operation comfortable. We are very happy to have you. Your presence will inspire other girls to join the military. That is why we have a female Deputy Governor to inspire other women,” El-Rufai said.
Earlier, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Major-General Usman Mohammed, acknowledged the support the Kaduna State Government has provided to the military in its internal security operations, and thanked Governor El-Rufai and his deputy, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, for personally coming to receive the female troops.