MILITARY COOPERATION: MNJTF receives military equipment from Great Britain
On Friday, 26 October 2018, at the headquarters (HQ) of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Farcha - N’Djamena, Great Britain presented donations to the Executive Secretary of LCBC and Head of Mission of MNJTF, the Force Commander and a large crowd composed of civilians and soldiers. This donation comprised of five tankers for water supply.
In his opening remarks, the Executive Secretary of LCBC and Head of Mission MNJTF, Ambassador Mamman Nuhu thanked Great Britain for this effort which, he recalled, is not the first of its kind. Ambassador Nuhu pointed out that Britain has always supported MNJTF which it is worth noting is made up of troops from LCBC member countries and the Republic of Benin. It was reactivated in 2014 to stop Boko Haram and terrorism, in general, outside the Lake Chad Basin.
The Head of Mission MNJTF highlighted the provision by Great Britain of a £5 million fund with easy access and the provision of communication materials and equipment to MNJTF. He also mentioned the recent announcement of a pledge of nearly US$136 million by the same country at the last High-Level Conference on Humanitarian Assistance and the Protection of Civilians, Crisis Prevention and Stabilization, Building Resilience for Sustainable Development in the Lake Chad Region, held in Berlin, Germany, in early September 2018.
In his remarks, the British High Commissioner said that his country’s modest donation to MNJTF once again reflects the feelings of the British friendship towards the people of the Lake Chad Basin. It will also improve the working conditions of MNJTF military staff, he added. He reaffirmed that cooperation between his country and MNJTF will certainly increase, in all sectors and in the mutual interest, including the forthcoming opening of a British Embassy in Chad.
For his part, the Force Commander of MNJTF, Major General Chikeze Onyeka Ude, thanked Great Britain for this much-needed support towards achieving results in the area of peace, security and stabilization in the region. These tankers, he added, will facilitate the field work of MNJTF, as it works towards securing Boko Haram’s last remaining areas in Lake Chad. Finally, he reassured that the donation would be used rationally for the exclusive benefit of the populations of the Lake Chad Basin.