The Nigerian Army has requested for banks to install Automated Teller Machines, ATM, in the immediate vicinity of Army personnel fighting Boko Haram insurgents.
The call was made by the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 7 Division, Brig. Gen. Victor Ezugwu at a Civil-Military Forum in Maiduguri.
General Victor said he’d received complaints by the public that Army personnel jump queues whenever they visit ATM machines in the city.
He said the army had written several letters to banks to deploy ATM machines to barracks without much success.
“We have been battling with the issue of lack of ATM in the barracks for the use of soldiers in the front line zone.
“I have written letters to the banks over seven months ago for them to deploy the ATM at the Maimalari Cantonment for soldiers use, but there is no response yet.
“I want to urge everybody here, especially traditional rulers, to help put pressure on the banks so that they can give us ATM at the barracks and allow you to use the ones in town.
“We are aware of the fact that everybody needs the ATM at one point or another.
“A soldier carrying 12 ATM cards at a time must have brought his colleagues’ cards from the front line to take money and send to their families all over Nigeria.
“We have areas where there is no network.
“Hence, it is only through the ATM that the soldiers can send money home to their families,” General Victor said.
Ezugwu appealed for more understanding from the residents pending when the ATM would be provided by the banks at the barracks.
Recall that Boko Haram had over ran several barracks in the past. The banks may be feet dragging due to security issues.