As the Nigerian Army applauds his dedication,
FastNews reports that Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has stated that his administration will continue to support the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in the state in order to ensure that they carry out their duties effectively.
Gov. Ugwuanyi made the promise at the 82 Division Nigerian Army West African Social Activities (WASA) 2021, which took place yesterday at the 82 Division Garrison Parade Ground, Abakpa Cantonment, Enugu.
The governor expressed delight at noting that the annual event was a platform for officers, soldiers, their families, friends, and the host community to gather in a joyous and relaxed mood to appreciate God for the successful completion of training activities and operations for the past year while heralding the beginning of the New Year.
Gov. Ugwuanyi said that the occasion offered him the opportunity to celebrate the Nigerian soldiers for their gallantry in battling insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, and terrorism in the past year.
“The events of the past year really put your courage and patriotism to the test, but your successes were cheering and reassuring to Nigerians that we have a dependable, disciplined, and committed Army,”, the governor said.
Acknowledging, with a deep sense of patriotism, the anxiety and emotional challenges the soldiers’ families and friends have to contend with as the officers and soldiers strive for the peace and unity of Nigeria, Gov. Ugwuanyi thanked them for “all your unsung sacrifices for our great nation, Nigeria”.
The governor, who pointed out that the state government has a long tradition of mutual understanding and cooperation with the 82nd Division Nigerian Army, paid respect to the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General F. Yahaya, the General Officer Commanding 82nd Division Nigerian Army, Major General T.A. Lagbaja, and all the officers and men of the Division for their continued support to his administration, especially in the areas of security, civil-military cooperation, and peace advocacy.
“Your efforts in providing security are highly appreciated and our administration will continue to assist you and other security agencies in the state to ensure effective discharge of your duties”, Gov. Ugwuanyi assured.
In his address, the GOC of 82 Division Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Lagbaja welcomed Gov. Ugwuanyi to the event as the Special Guest of Honor and commended him for always supporting and identifying with the activities of the Division in particular and the military in general, aimed at protecting lives and property.
The GOC disclosed that WASA provides an avenue for the Barrack community of various rich and diverse cultures of the country to display their potentials, adding that it is also a forum for peaceful interaction of soldiers and their families as well as the host community and friends.
The climaxes of the event were cultural displays, tug of war competitions, the presentation of awards, gifts, and souvenirs, the band display, the beating of retreat, and the lighting of the bonfire, which was performed by the governor.
Dignitaries at the event include the Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command, Enugu, Air Vice Marshal I.O. Daramola; the Wife of the GCO and Chairperson, Nigeria Army Officers Wives Association, Mrs. Mariya Lagbaja; the Chief of Staff, 82 Division Headquarters, Brig. Gen. G.O. Omorogbe; the Garrison Commander, 82 Division, Brig. Gen. C.A. Ataki, and the Chief Judge of Enugu State ably represented by Hon. Justice C.O. Ajah.
Also at the colorful event were other Heads of Security Agencies in the state; representative of Prince Engr. Arthur Eze, Commander Matthew Amor; Chairman, Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRH Igwe Amb. Lawrence Agubuzu; HRH Igwe Julius Nnaji; and Sariki Hausawa, Alhaji Yusuf Sambo.