By Suleiman Adamu, Sokoto
For driving forward and ensuring professionalism to march global practice in the Army institution and nation building, the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Sokoto State Council, at the weekend commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya.
The union also noted with passion, General Yahaya’s pragmatic and exemplary leadership driving the confidence of the army in the course of operations.
A statement by Chairman of the council, Mr Dalhatu Abdullahi Safiyal-Magori, lauded the efforts of Yahaya over successful conduct of the 2022 COAS Annual Conference and various community development projects executed and inaugurated across the state while noting that the conference with the theme: “Building a Professional Nigerian Army for the 21st Century Security Environment” will surely leveraged on sustained vigour for the transformation of the Nigerian Army as it was designed to elicit new ideas and proffer solutions for enhancement of Army activities.
The array of human oriented projects reflect and symbolise the first ever in the caliphate by a son of the soil in such a top position of command within the army.
Safiyal-Magori said the conference was a resounding turning point that described the capacity and integrity of Yahaya towards promoting professionalism in the Nigerian Army hence an agenda setting for future generations in safeguarding territorial boundaries as well as internal security.
Accordingly, the NUJ chairman noted that the prompt presence of President Muhammadu Buhari, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, Ministers, former and present Service Chiefs, traditional institutions among numerous dignitaries was a testimony and demonstration of the society’s unflinching acceptance of and confidence in the Nigerian Army.
In the same vein, Safiyel Magori while taking roll of the civil-military projects executed by the Nigerian Army and inaugurated during COAS conference said they were spread and located at Sokoto metropolis, Sifawa community in Bodinga local government and LG headquarters, Tangaza, Goronyo and Sabon Birnin local government areas.
” The union and public have also attested to these developmental and structural facts which included pediatric ward at Goronyo General Hospital, Block of classrooms at Nizamiyya model primary school in Tangaza and Emir Yahaya road in Sokoto.”
Other projects inaugurated Safiyel Magori said were: newly constructed mosque at Kassarawa, mosque in Bodinga town, complete rehabilitation of Malam Sa’idu Nizamiyya school, primary healthcare center, fire service station, drainages and road networks in Sifawa community among others.
Going forward, he noted that the event also, the National President of Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), Mrs Salamatu Yahaya, had inaugurated a solar powered borehole, water head tank donated by NAOWA and rehabilitated Vesico Virginal Fistula (VVF) center in Sokoto State.
” The center located at Maryam Abacha Women and Children Hospital has been given structural facelift with office furniture, empowerment training tools and medical equipment.”
In her brief remarks the NUK chairman quoted Mrs Yahaya assaying that the efforts were part of NAOWA vision to support less privileged persons, women empowerment as well as uplift living standards of citizens.
She also donated food items, detergents and other commodities to the VVF victims and commended the hospital management for the efforts on treatment and other livelihoods supports to VVF victims.
The National President also presented medical equipment, drugs and consumables to the Sokoto Specialist Hospital as well donated sewing and knitting machines, Bicycles and food items to the Orphanage home in Sokoto.
The state council further noted with appreciation on the support and professional carrier enhancement programmes, saying that NUJ would continue to associate with COAS on the achievements as a well partner at all times.