By Victor Akaa, Abuja.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has commissioned some landmark Special Intervention Projects in Osun State.
A statement relayed to Enugu Reporters by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 2 Division Nigerian Army, Col. Hassan Ifijeh Mohammed noted that the Army Chief commissioned two different projects in different locations within areas of responsibility of the officers and soldiers of the 2 Division, Nigerian Army.
Col. Mohammed said, Gen. Buratai commissioned a hospital at Asamu, Ola-Oluwa while at Kuta, Aiyedire LGA the COAS commissioned a Bailey Bridge constructed across River Osun at Kuta on Kuta-Ikoyi-Ede road.
According to the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 2 Division Nigerian Army, the two completed projects were named after the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.
The statement noted , both the hospital and bailey bridge projects had been initiated and sponsored by the Chief of Army Staff.
“The projects are part of the COAS several contributions in support of the Nigerian Army non-kinetic line of operations.
“The citing of the hospital in Asamu was much welcome by the people.
“The hospital and bridge will promote our health, the standard of living of our people and also increase commerce in our area” His Royal Majesty, Aafin Olowu of Kuta, Oba Hammed Adekunle, Makama Oyelude, Tegbosun III stressed.
“Despite the Nigerian Army giant combat approach to tangling insecurity, Gen Buratai identify the vital role of civil military cooperation (CIMIC) projects in deepening Nigerian Army civil military cooperation posture, bridging gap between the Nigerian Army and the civil population, and, curbing the menace of hate speech syndrome.
“The Nigerian Army under the present leadership of Lt. Gen. Buratai has exhibited high level of commitment, dedication, preparedness and above all; resolve in drawing the civil populace closer to her army, the Nigerian Army through projects targeted towards winning hearts and minds.
“These CIMIC sponsored projects are very core to creating strategic naratives and winning hearts and minds.
“The battle of narratives is crucial to the fight against insurgency.
“Non-kinetic line of operations is a force multiplier and enabler in revising civil populace narratives.”
The Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai in his remarks expressed appreciation to all the State Governors within 2 Division AOR for their selfless contributions and support of Units and formations under their respective domain.
The COAS also thanked His Imperial Majesty O’oni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II for his contribution to boosting the Nigerian Army against COVID-19 epidemics.
“It is worth noting that at the heat of the epidemics His Imperial Majesty O’oni of Ife donated the motorised modular fumigators to the Nigerian Army.
“A concept initiated and developed by House of Oduduwa Machine and Tools under the supervision of His Imperial Majesty O’oni of Ife, to fight against the spread of the epidermic.”