The Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) on Saturday launched the quarterly supply of petroleum, oil and lubricants in Sector 3 in Monguno, Northeast Nigeria with Force Commander, Major General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf commending the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU) for enhancing the operational efficiency of the Multinational military organization.
The EU, through the framework of the African Union, funds the provision of the Diesel, Petrol, Engine oil, Transmission fluid, Brake oil and Grease.
The Force Commander, while noting the provision of the petroleum products, thanked the Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Head of Mission, Ambassador Mamman Nuhu, for undertaking all the diplomatic engagements which resulted in the consummation of the supply agreement.
Major General Yusuf also thanked the Strategic Support Cell of the African Union for putting in place a mechanism to ensure that processes met the requirements of the European Union.
Continuing, the Force Commander disclosed that the processes leading to the commencement of the European Union intervention began in 2018.
He therefore expressed the appreciation of the MNJTF for the efforts of past Force Commanders and their staff in laying the foundation for the successful take – off of the programme.
The Force Commander urged all Sector Commanders to ensure optimal utilization of the products in line with approved guidelines, adding that the MNJTF has developed strict monitoring mechanisms to ensure compliance.
The supply of the products began on 25th June 2020 with the launching of the exercise in Sector 4 in Diffa in Niger Republic. It was followed by that of Sector 2 at Bagasola, Chad on 3 July.
The launching for Sector 1(Cameroon) is expected take place within the next one month.
Among the dignitaries at the event were the Commander Sector, 3 MNJTF, Brigadier General Ibrahim Garba, Chief of Operations of MNJTF Col Mpay, Chief of Logistics of MNJTF; Colonel Phillip Ebuk and the Acting Head African Union Mission Support Team; Mr Abdou Mahamane and the Senior Procurement Officer; Mr Paul Kimalyo.