The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, was in Asamu, Ola-Oluwa Local Government Area; and Kuta, Aiyedire Local Government Area of the State of Osun, on Monday 14th September 2020 to commision a hospital and a Bailey Bridge respectively. The landmark projects are part of the COAS’s support of the Army’s non-kinetic line of operations. The projects, initiated and sponsored by Lieutenant General Buratai, were commissioned in the presence of the State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, and the Ààfin Olówu of Kuta, Oba Hammed Adekunle Makama Oyelude, Tegbosun III. The Ọọni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II was ably represented, at the commissioning ceremony that Tegbosun III added colour and rich cultural ambience.
The bridge was built across the River Osun on the Kuta-Ikoyi-Ede road in Osun State.
Oba Hammed Adekunle Makama Oyelude, who hosted the ceremony, said that the hospital and the bridge will promote the health of the people, and improve their living standards while increasing commercial activities in the areas.
The COAS recognises the vital role that Civil-Military Cooperation (termed CIMIC) projects and programmes will play in the endeavour to tackle insecurity, and has had many projects and programmes targeted at improving the livelihoods of indigent communities across the country.
According to the COAS, these projects and programmes deepen military-civil relationships and help curb the menace of hate speech syndrome. He said such projects will bridge the gap between the Army and the Nigerian civil population.
He said these non-kinetic gestures improve the public’s view of the military and help to create positive narratives which in turn boosts the crucial fight against insurgency.
The COAS appreciated the state governors within the operational scope of the Division 2 AOR for their support and contributions to the military formations within their domain. He also thanked the Ooni of Ife for his thoughtful contribution towards safeguarding the military in this period of global pandemic. It is of note that His Imperial Majesty, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi had donated motorized modular fumigators to the Nigerian Army.
The Commissioning Ceremony was attended by many national and state dignitaries, both military and civilian. The COAS was also hosted by the governor at the Government House in Osogbo.
Source: HQ, Nigerian Army. All picture credits to HQ Nigerian Army.