The dwellers of Taka-Lafia community in Keffi local government area of Nasarawa state, on Thursday rolled out the drums in celebration as the 177 Guards Battalion of the Nigerian Army has brought hope to this previously inaccessible community with the commissioning a solar borehole, and the refurbishing of an existing manual borehole putting an end to the perennial water scarcity that has plagued the residents for years.
This initiative is part of the Nigerian Army’s CIMIC program under Exercise Enduring Peace, demonstrating the army’s commitment to positively impacting the lives of the people and providing essential services, while reinforcing their dedication to protecting the citizens.
Performing the commissioning on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, Director of Operations Major General EE Emekah, called for a robust community engagement, timely and actionable intelligence to achieve peace in the country. He equally encouraged the beneficiaries to protect and maintain the project, as it is intended for their good.
During his address at the ceremony, the Commander, Guards Brigade, Colonel Adebisi Onasanya emphasized the significance of civil-military activities within military operations.
He underscored that such activities are essential components in achieving peace across all areas of responsibility, regardless of how remote they may be.
Colonel Onasanya reaffirmed the commitment of the Guards Brigade to ongoing engagement in such endeavors, highlighting the brigade’s dedication to promoting peace and stability within its operational domains. He stressed the importance of fostering strong relationships between the military and civilian communities, recognizing their mutual role in building and maintaining a secure and harmonious society.
Earlier this year, Taka-Lafia was embroiled in a deadly communal clash, which resulted in loss of lives and destruction of property worth millions. This event marks a significant step towards healing and progress for the community.
In a related development, the team had earlier made a stop at Government Secondary School Gitata, generously donating educational materials of various kinds to the school.
Speaking to the students, General Emekah encouraged them to aspire to attain their dreams and be worthy ambassadors of the nation in their chosen fields of endeavours.
“I urge you all to make the most of these materials and to pursue your dreams with determination and perseverance. Education is the key to a brighter future.”
Regarding the project’s rationale, Lieutenant Colonel Auwalu Inuwa, the Commanding Officer of the 177 Guards Battalion, expressed that the unit recognized the urgent requirements of the populace and chose to step in to establish trust while diligently safeguarding them.
The Sangarin Gitata, HRH Turaki Danlami Rabo expressed gratitude to the Army for their interventions and pledged support to the military in fulfilling its duty of securing the lives and properties of citizens.
The events were witnessed by the heads of other security agencies as well as representatives of the Chairman of Keffi Local Government Area.