Joy and celebration filled Amakohia-Ubi community of Owerri West Council, Imo state, following the commissioning of two classroom blocks for schools in the community, by the Nigerian Army .
The affected schools are Amakohia-Ubi Community Primary School and Local Education Department Primary Schol, Amakohia-Ubi.
The projects, commissioned weekend, were undertaken as part of army’s corporate responsibility to commemorate the 2020 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL).
The ceremony, which had Governor Hope Uzodimma and some members of his cabinet and top army hierarchy present, turned into a carnival of some sorts with people of the community returning from their various bases across the country to be in attendance.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, who spoke at the occasion, said that apart from the army’s statutory duty of protecting the territorial integrity of the nation and lives and property, the army is also desirous of furthering civil-military- cooperation through projects that would advance the educational and social wellbeing of the people.
Buratai said the choice of Amakohia-Ubi for the project was well thought out and that the army will continue to extend developments to Nigerian communities in the spirit of civil-military relations.
He urged the community to make good use of the school blocks, the water borehole and generating sets at the schools and to continue to have faith in the country.
Buratai, who was represented by the GOC 82 Division, Maj. Gen. Lasisi Adegboye, said that the effort of the army in fighting insurgency has been rewarding as the capacity of insurgents to inflict pain has been seriously degraded.
He expressed the commitment of the military to protect the lives and property of Nigerians wherever they are living.
Governor Hope Uzodimma appreciated the army, saying that the gesture of the army has put a developmental searchlight on the community.
He appreciated the fact that the community had suffered long period of neglect, adding that the project has opened the vommhnity to future develipmdnt, stressing that his government will cooperate with any organisation or group that showed commitment to developing the state.
The governor who described the Nigerian Army as one of the best and brightest globally, said despite the paucity of funds at its disposal, the army high command has not shied away from fulfilling its civilian-military responsibility.
Said the governor, “Our people are very appreciative of this gesture. Government of Imo State appreciates that this community is one of the most neglected and with this, the Nigerian Army has opened the door for development and I invite other agencies of government to follow suit.”
The governor promised continuous partnership with the army and particularly the leadership for more development programmes.
Welcoming guests to the occasion, the National President of Amakaohia Ubi Community Development Union, Kevin Uzozie, said that the community had been neglected by successive administrations and expressed hope that the present administration would remember them in its developmental programmes.