Nigerian Army unveils civil-military education project in Oyo

By Innocent Raphael

The Nigerian Army has unveiled a civil-military education project in Oyo state .

Speaking during the commissioning of a refurbished school in Ibadan on Saturday, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), emphasized the importance of both military and civilian efforts in improving the security landscape.

The project, part of the Army’s Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) initiative, saw the renovation of classrooms, staff rooms, toilet facilities, and the provision of desks and chairs for Oke’Badan High School.

Representing COAS Lagbaja, Major General Obinna Onubogu commended retired Major General Adeyemi Alabi, the project executor, for his dedication to community development.

He also reiterated the Nigerian Army’s commitment to enhancing security nationwide while fostering community relations.

Acknowledging the collaborative efforts of the school’s elders, principal, staff, and students, Lagbaja expressed satisfaction that the project was executed in Ibadan, Oyo State, underscoring the Army’s commitment to Nigerian communities.

“Like I have always said, the NA belongs to Nigerians and together as a people, we should confront the security challenges facing our dear nation,” he stated.

He thanked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his support, which enabled the Army to undertake various community projects aimed at improving living standards and fostering better relationships.

Major General Nosakhare Ugbo, Chief of Civil Military Affairs (CCMA) – Army, in his remarks, highlighted the significance of CIMIC projects in promoting peace, stability, and socio-economic growth across Nigeria.

He also urged communities to maintain the facilities for their benefit and future generations.

“It is in this regard, that the COAS’ Special Intervention CIMIC projects are planned towards improving the living standards of well – meaning Nigerians in communities across the 6 geopolitical zones of the country”, he said.

In his speech, Retired Major General Adeyemi Alabi, the project executor, emphasized the importance of providing a conducive learning environment for future leaders.

“While conveying the deepest appreciation of the good people of Ibadan to the COAS, let me profoundly thank our indefatigable COAS again for making available the funds for this laudable project in my community”, General Alabi said.

He further emphasized the project’s role as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative aimed at supporting educational development in Oyo State.

The event, attended by dignitaries including Deputy Governor Akinade Alamu, Senator Rasidi Ladoja, and Commissioner for Education, Oyo State, Professor Salihu Abdulwaheed Adelabu, featured sports activities, dance displays, goodwill messages, and a tour of the renovated facilities.

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