COAS inaugurate CIMIC projects in 3 Bauchi communities
By Ahmed Ahmed
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Lt.Gen Faruk Yahaya inaugurates Civil-Military Cooperation projects in three communities of Busala, Gakal and Nyamrat, Bauchi local government area of Bauchi state.
Our Correspondent reports that the projects inaugurated include a newly constructed primary healthcare centre and the donation of medical equipment in the Busala Community.
Other projects are a newly constructed block of two classrooms and an office and a store room and the donation of exercise books, uniforms and sports items each to the Gakal and Nyamrat communities.
The COAS while inaugurating the projects on Wednesday in Bauchi, said the projects are part of his special intervention Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) projects
Gen Yahaya, represented by Maj Mohammed Ahmed Commander, The Nigerian Army Armoured Corps, Bauch that the civil-military cooperation scheme was initiated to provide support to communities of serving senior Nigerian Army (NA) officers across the nation,
“Who through dedication to duty and service to the nation has risen to the enviable rank of Major General in the Nigerian Army.
“The projects are intended to complement basic services, amenities and infrastructure to bring succour to benefiting communities.
He noted that some of the projects executed so far include, the construction and rehabilitation of hospitals, schools and community centres, the sinking of boreholes to provide potable water and the construction of access roads, among others.
The COAS used the opportunity to appeal to the traditional institution to galvanize support for the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in the fight against threats to national security.
Earlier, Maj. Gen. Markus Kangye in charge of the Directorate of Civil-Military Affairs (DCMA) explained that the project was executed in honour of Maj Gen Garba Audu of the Army Headquarters who hailed from the communities.
He said that the construction of the health centre and classrooms were solely conceived by the executor and the people of the communities, after a thorough needs assessment.
Kanye explained that Civil-Military Affairs (DCMA) was established with the responsibility of underscoring the fundamentals of Civil Military Affairs as a Strategic National Institution.
“Transmitting the core elements of effective civil-military relations in areas of human rights, rule of law, negotiations liaison and conflict management,” he said
Maj Gen Audu who hailed from the community appreciated COAS for the gesture, adding that the gesture would go a long way in providing good health care and effective education in the community.
He urged the community members to make good use of the infrastructure for maintenance and sustainability.
Earlier, Community leader Mal Sani Hassan said that the newly constructed health centre and classrooms were for the health and education development of the community.
Sani expressed appreciation for the choice of their communities to execute the project.