With the May 1999 elections, Nigeria returned to democratic rule, resulting in numerous reforms across all sectors of national life. In conformity with the tenets of democracy and in line with the resultant national reform processes, the Nigerian Army is striving towards improved professionalism in the actualization of its constitutional mandate. In order to achieve this goal, the then Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TY Buratai (rtd) provided several platforms for personnel professional improvement including the establishment of the Nigerian Army Resources Centre (NARC) on 20 November 2015. This is in line with his vision for the Nigerian Army which is
To have a professionally responsive NA in the discharge of its constitutional roles
At inception, the NARC operated from the Command Officers Mess, Asokoro Abuja, where the Director General (DG) held his inaugural meeting with the officers of the Centre on 5 January, 2016. The Centre became fully operational on 19 January, 2016, when it moved to its temporary office at No 5 Lekki Close, Garki II Abuja. The permanent office is at Maitama Avenue by Mambilla Barracks, Asokoro Abuja. Though the office is undergoing reconstruction, it is at about 90% completion level and the Director-General envisages that the Centre will commence operations from its permanent site by the end of March, 2016. The first major assignment of the Centre was to conduct a study of the Army-owned Command Secondary Schools with a view to re-positioning them for better performance. As part of its inaugural activities, a NARC team was composed in January, 2016 to pay fact-finding visits to similar organizations in India and the United Kingdom. The team comprised Major General JGS Hamakim (Director-General), Brigadier General FC Eze (Director, Communications and ICT) and Brigadier General Nnamdi John Anene (Director, International Alliance and Linkages).