In fulfilment of its pledge to provide additional support to enhance the operational efficiency of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), the European Union (EU) has provided Command, Control, Communication and Information Systems (C3IS) equipment to the Force.
In a statement, Chief of Military Public Information MNJTF, Col Muhammad Dole said in line with the agreement for implementation of this support, a training had been jointly organised by the service providers and Force Headquarters for personnel who would operate the C3IS equipment across the MNJTF sectors.
Declaring the training open, the Force Commander, Major General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf commended the EU for the provision of the C3IS equipment, describing it as “most critical” to enhancing the operational performance of the troops in the field.
Yusuf expressed appreciation for the additional support, which is closely related to the recent provision of Helicopters and Petroleum Oil and Lubricants (POL) through the framework of African Union to MNJTF.
Yusuf added that the C3IS project would enable conveyance of classified messages and communication through the secure net.
He also commended the service providers for the display of resilience and vigour in the execution of the project.
The Force Commander assured the EU that all the support provided will be optimally utilised in accordance with the global best practices to enhance the operational efficiency of the troops.
He therefore urged the Sector Commanders in whose custody the equipment would be, to ensure proper utilisation, maintenance and safety of the equipment.
Yusuf implored them to pay attention and apply themselves fully to the training procedures and processes.
“As the pioneer trainees, you are expected to learn and strictly understand how to operate the equipment, as you will be the one to install it at sector level,” he said.
He said HQ MNJTF had taken steps to provide alternative power supply at the Sector HQs in order to ensure uninterrupted power supply for the communication equipment.
When completed, the C3IS system is expected to enable rapid deployment of strategic and operational communication capabilities in the MNJTF area of operations.