KADUNA, Nigeria – Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Wednesday received 300 female soldiers deployed to Kaduna-Abuja highway to tackle the rising cases of kidnappings and killings in the area.
Governor El-Rufai formally received the first batch of the troops who are of the Nigerian Army Women Corps (NAWC), at their Kakau base along the highway.
The women soldiers are to compliment the role of the existing operations along the highways and the environs.
Governor El-Rufai, who expressed optimism that the deployment of the female soldiers in the area to maintain security to the already existing security, noted that their activities along the highways would ensure that insecurity will soon be a thing of the past.
Governor El-Rufai thanked 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.
“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,” Governor El-Rufai assured.
He added, “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 female deputy governor to inspire other women.”
Earlier, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Major-General Usman Mohammed acknowledged the support the state government has provided to the military in its internal security operations.
He thanked Governor El-Rufai and his deputy, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe for personally coming to receive the female troops.