The 8 Division of the Nigeria Army in Sokoto State has distributed food items, beverages to Amanawa and Lugga communities in Dange-Shuni local government area in the State.
Flagging off the distribution at Amanawa infectious disease Hospital, the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, said the gesture was part of the activities to mark this year’s Army Day Celebration.
General Buratai who was represented by the Chief of Staff in 8 Division, Brigadier General, Hamidu Musa, said that the efforts also was among the commitment of the Army to reduce the suffering during the Covid-19 period.
According to him, “Nigerian Army is Commemorating 157 years of existence, therefore there is need to continue to maintain cordial relations with community around for proper coordination.”
General Buratai stated that security issues was responsibility for all and called on the communities to provide the Army with relevant information that would help them to carryout their constitutional roles effectively.
The Chief of Staff in 8 Division, Brigadier General, Hamidu Musa, commended the Chief of Army Staff for his strategies toward protecting territorial integrity of the country.
He however applaud the Acting General Officer Commanding 8 Division, Brigadier General, Aminu Bande for upgrading facilities at the 26 battalion.
“As you are a aware provision of enabling environment is one of key to Nigeria Army, I believe upgrading this facilities will increase performance and responsiveness of men and Officers of the Army,” he added.
Bande said the distribution of the palliative was part of Army commitments to key in to Nigerian government efforts to support people during this Covid-19 pandemic period just as the Chief of Army Staff stated.
The Acting GOC who was represented by Garrison Commander of the 8 Division, Brigadier General Moses Gara, said 500 households benefitted from the gesture in the both communities.
He called on the communities to report any suspicious movement around them to Nigeria Army for proper actions.
The Acting GOC said ”one of the cardinal aims of the Nigerian Army is to defend the country’s integrity, but there was need for every stakeholders to put hand on deck as security is the responsibility for all.”
The Acting GOC urged the beneficiaries to use the food items received judiciously especially at this hard time of Coronavirus.
The Village Head of Lugga, Ardo Musa, commended Chief of Army Staff and the Acting GOC for the choosing their community to distribute the items.
He assured the Army of their full support and cooperation in providing vital information to help them deal with different rate of crimes especially kidnapping, arm banditry among others.
Some of the beneficiaries, Ms Salamatu Usman, Meri Kalmalo and Abu Ruwa expressed their happiness for the gesture and prayed to Almighty God to continue to support the Army in the discharged of their constitutional roles across the country.
The palliative distributed by the Army in the two communities include; Rice, Milk, Cooking oil, Spaghetti, beverages among others.