Succor has finally come the ways of the Nigeria Army as Plans to establish agent banking across the nooks and crannies of army barracks and cantonments have been concluded by the leadership of the force.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Col. Tukur Y. Buratai, who made this known weekend while commissioning the branch of the said agent banking at the 20 Battalion Serti located in Gashaka local government council of Tataba state, said the idea was designed to bring banking services to ” the doorsteps of the soldiers, ”
Certain that the programme would go a long way to assist and enhance the welfare of the army, plans, he said have been fashioned out by the army to as a matter of urgency take the banking scheme to the doorsteps of the armies in some selected barracks and cantonments across the country.
The COAS who was of the view that the system would assist soldiers presently on a mission outside their barracks and cantonments, as it would assist their families to assess funds, without any forms of challenges
Aware that banking facilities are several miles away from some cantonments and barracks, the COAS reiterated the readiness of the leadership of the force to locate the projects in rural areas where barracks and cantonments are situated stressing that “we are going to ensure that priority is given to army barracks located in rural areas. ”
Stressing that the agent banking ” will enhance that the army discharge it’s social responsibility to the public” the said facility which is now functioning in the state , he said “will be extended to Gashaka community..”
While charging the barracks community to make judicious use of the facility by patronizing it, he tasked the army leadership in the barrack to protect the faculty from hoodlums.
The project which he believed would spread smiles on the faces of persons domiciling in the barracks as well as cantonments was said to have been introduced by the Nigeria Army Welfare Limited in collaboration with the First Bank of Nigeria.
Earlier, the leadership of the First Bank, reiterated it’s determinations to provide a level play ground to both the soldiers and persons domiciling in barracks and cantonments willing to assess the newly introduced banking system.
Speaking, the representative of the Managing Director of the First Bank, Alhaji Shehu Aliyu, implored the barrack community to patronize the bank as it would go a long way to reduced the long hours “of trekking long distance for banking.