Nigeria’s Military taskforce battle virus with gifts, love

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Nigeria’s Military taskforce also known as Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), on Monday donated food items, and other relief materials to vulnerable communities in Plateau State northcentral part of the country.

The items donated to women, children and the elderly in six different communities include millet, pasta, noodles, detergent, groundnut oil, sugar and beverages.

The blessings also located the people of a motherless home situated at northwestern Kaduna State, in Ungwan Rimi in Zangon-Kataf LGA.

Distributing the items, the Task Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, said the gesture was part the ongoing Operation ACCORD launched forth week ago by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin.

Represented by the Chief of Staff OPSH, Brig Gen Barnabas Sakaba, Okonkwo said the palliative was to assist residents of the community and help them cushion the economic effect of the dreaded coronavirus disease, commonly called COVID-19.

According to him: “The gesture is part of the Operation ACCORD which the OPSH has leveraged to engage in a couple of Civil – Military Relation activities. Palliatives have been shared to several communities in 6 LGAs in Plateau State”.

Okonkwo said the Defence Headquarters has also approved 12 boreholes for some communities in OPSH Joint Operational Areas.

“A primary school is being renovated by the Defence headquarters at Kpashio in Bassa LGA and the Army headquarters built and equipped a clinic at Tigi in Ryom LGA, all in northcentral Nigeria.

“The distribution of palliatives is expected to continue throughout the Operation”, he said.

On his part, the Defence headquarters representative who was on ground to witness the gesture, Air Commodore Edward Adedokun, applauded the excellent relationship that existed between the OPSH and the residents of the benefited communities.

Adedokun urged the people to continue to be law abiding, adding that the Defence headquarters will continue to support the OPSH in ensuring that the normalcy currently enjoyed is sustained.

Acknowledging the effort, a village head who spoke on behalf of the communities, thanked the OPSH for the show of love, explaining that they have not experience the COVID-19 palliative from any organisation or individual, except from the Military Task Force.

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