Nigeria Army donates new block of classrooms in Kogi
The Nigerian Army has built and donated a four-classroom block with bathrooms to the College of Arabic and Islamic Studies (CAISO) Idoji, Okene Local Government Area in Kogi.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Army Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouq Yahya handed over the project along with the director’s office and a renovated block of Assembly Hall and staff rooms.
Speaking Saturday at the inauguration of the projects in Okene, the COAS said the gesture was part of the Civil-Military Cooperation Intervention (CIMIC) projects carried out by the Army throughout the country.
The COAS, who was represented, by Headquarters Command, Army Records (CAR), Maj.-Gen. Sunday Igbinomwanhia, said the Nigerian Army had enjoyed a high level of cooperation and goodwill from the host communities and Nigerian citizens.
According to him, over the years, the Nigerian Army has taken deliberate steps to ensure that it returns to society the cooperation it enjoys from its corporate social responsibilities.
He said that it was very much in line with his vision of a professional Nigerian military, ready to fulfill assigned missions within a joint environment in defense of Nigeria.
“The project launched today is one of several activities related to Civil-Military Cooperation and quick impact projects executed in various parts of the country’s Army to contribute to national development.
“Therefore, I believe that this project will serve the collective needs of the members of this community and its immediate surroundings.
“Therefore, I want to ask you to see this project as a symbol of friendship between the Nigerian Army and your community.
“May it foster the desired peace, progress and indeed bring prosperity to the community as well,” Yahaya said.
Meanwhile, COAS also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his continued support of the Nigerian Army and for providing the necessary enabling environment to carry out his constitutional mandate.
Yahaya commended Governor Yahaya Bello of the state, the traditional leaders, and all the people in the community for their unremitting support, particularly the Nigerian Army.
The COAS, however, urged people to continue to live in peace and harmony and be tolerant with each other, noting that the Exercise Lasting Peace ll, recently launched in the state, was to guarantee peace.
For his part, Maj. Gen. Sanusi Dahiru, Director of Administration and Logistics of the Office of Defense Research and Development, who executed the projects, thanked the COAS for its passion for education and the official commitment to carrying out the projects.
Dahiru said the project was a way to reach out to the community, noting that her father had a lot of passion for the school throughout his life.
In his remarks, the Ohinoyi of the land of Ebira, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim, thanked the COAS for the gesture towards his people and for ensuring adequate security in the state.
Ohinoyi, who represented Ezuka, Dr. Muhammed Isah, said the projects would go a long way in helping the community and student improve effective learning.
Meanwhile, the school’s director, Mr. Zakarriyau Ahmad, said he was overwhelmed by the projects and expressed his gratitude to COAS and Dahiru.
Source Credit: NAN