By Ajogwu Jerry
As part of Nigerian Army’s mandated inputs through an effective civil military relations, the Service is set to construct a bridge across River Osun from Ede in Osun State.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai reiterated the commitments of the Nigerian Army towards the project when he played host to the Executive Governor of Osun State, Mr Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola at the Army Headquarters on Thursday.
Buratai said the construction of the bridge is part of the corporate social responsibilities of the Nigerian Army through its department of Civil Military Affairs.
The Army Chief revealed that work will soon commence on the site as mobilization is ongoing.
“The bridge construction is part of the non kinetic humanitarian efforts of the Nigerian Army in ensuring security across the country.
“As you all know, the intent of terrorists is to win the heart of the people by instigating disaffection amongst the populace hence we need to get closer to the people by providing some social amenities to ameliorate their plights”.
Gen Buratai congratulated also Mr Oyetola on his election which is barely seven months while noting the governor’s efforts in providing adequate security across the State.
In his remarks, Gov Oyetola who was on a courtesy visit to the Army Headquarters thanked the COAS for mobilizing the needed resources for the construction of a bridge across River Osun from Ede to connect neighboring communities.
He further canvassed for collaboration with the Nigerian Army concerning the issue of insecurity in Osun State.
“The main purpose of my visit is to thank the Chief of Army Staff and the Nigerian Army for providing a bridge at Ede. The entire people of Osun State extends their appreciation.
“Insecurity is on the increase in most of the Southwest States and Osun State is not in isolation. We are presently battling with cases of armed robbery and kidnappings and it is important we partner with the Nigerian Army and other sister agencies by providing adequate security to the people of Osun State”.
Gov Oyetola pledged to provide the necessary logistics to ensure an effective security system across the State.
He also commended the Nigerian Army for defeating Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.
The event had in attendance Principal Staff Officers from the Army Headquarters including members of the governor’s entourage.