The Special Military Taskforce code named Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), in Plateau State, northcentral Nigeria, has appealed to countrymen, and corporate organisations to support education at all levels in the country, saying that education is the major panacea for the growth and development of a country like Nigeria.
Speaking at the commissioning of the two-block classrooms, the OPSH Commander Major General Augustine Agundu, reemphasized that the reason for the intervention was to improve the standard of education at the grassroots, adding that the gesture would improve the standard of education in the area.
Agundu said the civil military relationship department arm of the OPSH was established to render humanitarian services to the less-privileged in the society, adding that the gesture covers areas of health, education, feeding, and empowerment which is fully backed by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin.
According to him: “I am excited to be part of this historic day, because this is basically aimed at encouraging education and discouraging circle of violence in the society.
“This project will stimulate children in this community and neighbouring communities to go to school, thereby improving school enrolment.
“It will also enable the pupils to learn under a more conducive atmosphere and enable them to engage in more meaningful ventures,” the Army boss said.
Admonishing the people of Plateau to shone violence, Agundu said no amount of “peace meetings and conferences” being held day and night would help end crisis if those behind the violence are not determined to drop their arms and follow the part of peace, adding that politicians, traditional and religious leaders must take a sincere campaign to local, district and ward levels to tell everyone that the crisis must stop, for peace to prevail.
Responding, the Governor of the State, Simon Lalong, said the gesture is laudable, saying that government will not relent in supporting the task-force in achieving its mandate.
Lalong who was represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties, Irimiiya Werr, said the OPSH has keyed into the vision of the State government in promoting education in rural communities, adding that the State had gotten tremendous support from the task-force in various ways.