By Nuel Suji, Abuja.
The Nigerian military authorities said on Wednesday that the Military Command and Control Centre (MCCC) in Maiduguri and Yola will be operational within 21 days.
A statement by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, in Abuja, noted that the military had commenced the installation of hi-tech equipment and infrastructure development of the MCCC in Maiduguri and Yola.
The statement said that the posting of additional operations staff had also commenced.
The military stated that the installations of the equipment and the posting of the additional staff were to be completed within 21 days when the centre would be fully operational.
It said that with the establishment of the centre, all strategic and operational decisions on the fight against terrorism and insurgency would emanate from the MCCC.
“This will ensure faster response time; improve situational awareness and better coordination of all stakeholders,” the military further stated.
Adding: “The centre will also give the needed impetus that would ensure prosecution and successful conclusion of the war against terrorism.
“It will also provide the required interface between the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the Multi-National Joint Task Force to be deployed at the Lake Chad Basin area at the end of July 2015.
“You will recall that a reconnaissance and an advance team for the establishment of Military Command and Control Centre (MCCC) were in Maiduguri and Yola last week,” it said.
The statement further noted that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Kenneth Minimah, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, were at the MCCC to commence operations on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.