Military donate schools, healthcare, boreholes in Nigeria’s Plateau communities

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Nigeria’s Army Chief, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, has embarked on a Civil Military Relationship aimed at winning the hearts and minds of those affected in the crisis that engulfed Mangu communities in Nigeria’s northcentral Plateau State. 

The crisis that led to the donation in the locality started in April 2023.

The civil unrest claimed many lives including properties worth millions of Naira destroyed, recording a high number of internally displaced persons.

The Army Chief has earlier in the year visited Mangu and has warned trouble makers to quit or face the full wrath of the Military whom he has given orders to shoot at sight.

He also promised to rebuild communities destroyed during the face-off.

Matching words with actions, the Lagbaja on Tuesday commissioned projects for some returning communities now that peace has returned to the troubled areas.

Also recall that for peace to be achieved,”Operation HAKORIN DAMISA IV” (Leopard Smile), was set-up by the Army boss under the umbrella of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), headed by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 3 Division Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen Abdulsalam Abubakar who also doubles as the Commander of the taskforce.

However, meeting the ravaged community needs, the Nigerian Army reconstructed and renovated facilities such as healthcare, schools, medical equipment as well as manual and solar powered boreholes to provide portable source of water for the indigents.

COAS said that the projects will serve as a beacon of hope to communities that benefited from the gesture by the Nigerian Army. 

Represented by the GOC and Commander OPSH, Gen. Abubakar, said the achievement is a celebration of victory over the enemies of peace.

According to him: “The commissioning of this project is the beginning of the restoration of peace. It is necessary to support them in rebuilding their lives.

“COAS has taken a proactive approach to provide relief to over 40 communities who have returned to their homes”, he said.

Commenting on the renovated schools, the GOC added that: “Education is the bedrock of every community”.

Our correspondent reports that the projects commissioned by the COAS  includes, the renovated Nomadic Primary School and borehole at Dan Hausa community, newly constructed solar powered borehole at Dungmunaan village, renovated primary healthcare centre with medical equipment and newly built borehole at Kyampus village as well as a new constructed solar powered borehole at Gindiri community.

Consequently, the community leaders who spoke at the commissioning, lauded the Nigerian Army for the gesture.


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