The Nigerian Army has squandered the monetary allocation for the Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) 26, year 2021, SaharaReporters has learnt.
According to authoritative sources, in August 2020, the Nigerian Army advertised the recruitment of candidates for the Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC 26) and people applied.
But while the training was ongoing at the Nigerian Army Fitness Centre, Falgore Forest, Kano State; there was a change in leadership as late Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru took over from Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (retd.).
Before his death, Attahiru had been considering the continuation of the training at Falgore forest but candidates never proceeded to the next stage.
According to the source, after the training, successful candidates would be invited to go for training at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji, Kaduna State, but nothing had been heard from the Nigerian Army since then.
He further alleged that the late Attahiru reportedly later cancelled the course because of the rift between him and his predecessor, Buratai.
The source also said the monetary allocation for the course had been squandered by either the late Attahiru or his successor, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya.
He said, “A certain amount of money was released to the Nigerian Army concerning the training of the Direct Short Service 26 personnel. When Buratai was the Chief of Army Staff, he allowed the training to take place in Falgore. After then, they were supposed to proceed to Jaji, Armed Forces Command School, Jaji, to continue their training but Attahiru cancelled that particular recruitment whereas money had been released for it.
”Attahiru before now had pleaded with Buratai when Buratai was Chief of Army Staff to allow his niece and someone get into the army but Buratai refused; so when Attahiru came into power, he was trying to pay back and cancelled the DSSC 26.
“It has never happened in the history of the Nigerian Army. We were expecting that whatever the delay might be would be resolved, but it is over 9 months now. Usually by August, the Nigerian Army would have released names for new intakes. The one they cancelled was DSSC 26 and now the Nigerian Army has not done anything about it but the money they have taken from the budget allocated for that, where is it?”