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Army revamps classrooms, donates writing materials to school in Kogi

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Army revamps classrooms, donates writing materials to school in Kogi


As part of its Civil-Military Co-operation (CIMIC) activities for the ongoing ”Exercise Enduring Peace”, the Nigerian Army has revamped blocks of classrooms, examination hall, and administrative block of the Government Day Secondary School Okenya in Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Areas of Kogi State.

The Army also donated desks, exercise books, and writing materials to cater for over 95 students of the school, and offered free medical services for vulnerable residents of Okenya community and its environs.

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Speaking at the commissioning ceremony at Okenya, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya, said the Nigerian Army had over the years been taken deliberate steps in giving back to the society the cooperation it has received by way of social corporate responsibility.

He said the gesture was in line with his vision to have a professional Nigerian army ready to accomplish assigned missions within a joint environment in defence of Nigeria.

Represented by the Commander, Headquarters, Command Army Records (CARs), Maj. Gen. Okpe William Ali, the COAS said he had ensured that the army pays very close attention to the non-kinetic aspects of their military operations.

“In this respect, the need to ensure that we have a good and cordial relationship with our civil populace and indeed the host communities where we conduct our military operations cannot be overemphasised.

“This cordial relationship necessitated the conception of this school renovation projects which is very much in line with the Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) drive of the Nigerian Army,” he said.

He stressed that the CIMIC was tailored to bridge the communication gap between the civil populace and the Nigerian Army, noting that the projects being commissioned were part of the several civil-military cooperation-related activities executed in various parts of the country.

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Appealing to the people to see the project as a symbol of friendship between the Nigerian Army and their communities, the Army Chief expressed optimism that the project would alleviate the infrastructural deficits in the educational sector in the communities and complement governments’ efforts towards the improvement of education in the long run.

He assured that the Nigerian Army in conjunction with other security agencies would leave no stone unturned in curbing the criminal activities and ensuring the general security of Nigerians.


Army revamps classrooms, donates writing materials to school in Kogi

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