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European Union Supports MNJTF Operation

The Force Commander Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Major General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf has commended the European and African Unions for enhancing the operational efficiency of the MNJTF.

The force commander made the commendation in MNJTF sector three Monguno on Saturday during the launch of quarterly supply of petroleum, oil and lubricants.

In a statement, shared by Colonel Timothy Antigha Chief of Military Public Information MNJTF, the Force Commander noted that the provision of a range of petroleum products including; Diesel, Petrol, Engine oil, transmission fluid, Brake oil and Grease is courtesy of European Union funding through the framework of the African Union.

Major General Yusuf thanked the Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Head of Mission, Ambassador Mamman Nuhu for doing all the diplomatic engagements which resulted in the consummation of the supply agreement.

He 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.

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 – Niger Republic which was followed by that of Sector 2 at Bagasola, Chad on 3 July. The launching for Sector 1(Cameroon) is expected to take place within the month.

Between July 2016 and December 2019, the European Union delivered through the African Peace Facility 50 million euros to support the Multinational Joint Task Force, cover personnel, operational and logistical costs.

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