Governor Makinde promises to support to military

Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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Gov. Seyi Makinde in a handshake with the incoming GOC, Omozoje, while outgoing GOC, Azinta, looks on.

The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has promised to support and cooperate with the General Officer Commanding, GOC 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, newly posted to the State.

The Governor made the promise during the visit of the men and officers of the GOC 2 Division, Nigerian Army, to the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, Oyo State.

The purpose of the visit was the introduction of the incoming GOC 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Anthony Omozoje by the outgoing GOC, Maj. Gen. Okwudili Azinta.

While expressing his appreciation to the government and people of Oyo State for the support enjoyed in the barracks, Maj. Gen. Azinta requested the Governor to consider the Baracks community as the 34th local government in the State because the State is where the officers render service and is considered their constituency.

He also used the opportunity of the visit to remind the Governor of the vital issues that are dear to the Barracks community which he had raised with the Governor earlier.

Azinta appealed to the Governor saying, “ I made two pleas, one was for you to look into the state of the dilapidated secondary school owned by the State inside the Barracks. I sincerely thank you because I’ve been briefed that the Chairman SUBEB, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, had already visited the school and looked at the level of devastation and promised that something would be done.”

Azinta also reminded the Governor of his promise to reinstate the closed Barracks abattoir which was established as a result of the Barracks Personnel Initiative, set up by the Chief of Army Staff, which encouraged officers of the Command and their families to go into agro-allied businesses.

Thereafter, Maj. Gen. Azinta introduced the incoming GOC, Maj. Gen. Anthony Omozoje, to the Governor. In his remarks, the incoming GOC noted that he considered it a great privilege to be given command of one of the oldest divisions of the Nigerian Army, as the 40th GOC.

Omozoje said, “It’s a great privilege and a great responsibility. My senior brother had briefed me of how the State had supported him. I will tow the same line, carry out the responsibility of ensuring we provide an enabling environment for government to function so that the people can prosper. And that is making sure that we tackle all the recurrent and other emergent security challenges and we’ll be able to do that as you continue to support us.”

While welcoming the new GOC on behalf of the government and people of Oyo State, Governor Makinde commended the officers and men of the Army for the role played in ensuring peace in the State during the last election.

Promising the same level of cooperation enjoyed by the outgoing GOC to the incoming one, Makinde recalled the issues he had earlier discussed with the outgoing GOC.

He stated that, “There were actually three major issues that we discussed. One is the issue of the abattoir, second is the issue of the school, of course we’ve taken steps. The third one is the issue of the range and the people outside the fence who are always complaining of shells falling on their property…we will also deal with that.”

Governor Makinde, while disclosing that his doors are open to the incoming GOC, wished the outgoing GOC well in his future endeavors.

The Governor thereafter presented a gift to the new GOC, who in turn signed the visitors’ register afterwards.

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