The Defence Headquarters said COVID-19 affected the production and delivery of equipment including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles meant for the military in order to watch operations in the North-East part of the country.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, said this on Monday while been interviewed on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme.
He stated that the military authorities are reinventing in order to combat terrorism in Borno and other north-east states.
Enenche, while reacting to the Saturday murder of at least 43 rice farmers in the Zabarmari area of the Borno, he said, “My own conceptualisation and definition of rejigging the architecture is about the strategy that we apply in the field, not anything beyond that. The strategy is what we are working on. We hold meetings every other time, particularly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and also at short notices. We think about how to make the strategies better always. Just like what happened on Saturday.
“Rejigging now is how we make it better to avert another attack. We are looking at the composition of the force, the approach, tactics and the operational moves that we do there. If there is the need to change some tactics, we will change them.”
The coordinator also explained that the military operatives are working on reinforcing surveillance in the north-east area but lamented that some equipment have not been delivered by Original Engine Manufacturers due to the coronavirus pandemic which disrupted activities globally.
He said, “The COVID-19 pandemic gave all sectors setback has far as I am concerned. We are all aware that we have to make UAVs and other devices that can provide surveillance for us beyond human surveillance and intelligence.
“The production of military equipment is not something that is like cooking; it is a mechanical device. Production was on but COVID-19 gave this a setback.
“The plan of covering ungovernable terrains with UAVs and all others were in place but the original equipment producers had to obey COVID-19 rules.
“In some parts of the world where we are getting this equipment from, the second wave of COVID-19 came and we needed to give them time.”