The indigenous people of Augie Local Government Area Kebbi State were full of joy as they trooped out in their numbers today 17 June to witness the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya commissioned newly constructed primary school blocks built under COAS Special Intervention Civil- Military Cooperation Projects going on across the country.
Speaking during the commissioning ceremony the COAS commended the people of Sabon Gari and the entire Kebbi State for supporting the Nigerian Army in the execution of its constitutional mandate especially in aid to civil authorities while making efforts to restore order and peace across the country.
He said that the Nigerian Army has in recent times embarked on elaborate quick impact projects in several communities with a view to providing the desired succor in their areas of need which will further strengthen the relationship between the Army and the Nigerian people especially the benefiting communities. This he said has significantly contributed to the Army’s successes in containing the multifaceted security challenges confronting the nation through a non-kinetic approach.
The COAS who was represented by the General Officer Commanding 8 Division Nigerian Army and Commander Joint Task Force (North West) Operation HADARIN DAJI, Major General Godwin Micheal Mutkut reiterated that the Chief of Army Staff’s Special Intervention Civil-Military Cooperation Project was initiated by his administration to provide support to communities of serving Nigerian Army senior officers across the nation who through dedication to duty and service to the nation rose to the rank of Major General and the project is usually carried out after consultation with the host community by the Project Executor.
He maintained that under the Special Intervention programme so many projects have been executed so far including: construction and rehabilitation of Hospitals and Schools, Building of Community Town Halls, Sinking of Boreholes, Road Construction among others.
The COAS further stated that the construction of a primary school consisting of 2 Blocks of 6 classrooms each, offices and toilets in Sabon Gari was solely conceived by Major General Mohamed Lawal Augie and the people of Augie Local Government Council. The project according to him was in honour of the retired General.
Earlier in his remarks the Project Executor Major General Mohamed Augie (Rtd) stated that he has no doubt in his mind that the newly established school would bring basic education closer to the people of Sabon Gari and will not only reduce the number of out-of-school children but also go a long way in reducing the distance pupils have to cover to attend other schools located in distance areas.
He therefore thanked the Chief of Army Staff for his timely intervention in this regard and said that such initiatives as introduced by the COAS will bring education to every nook and cranny of the country.
Some prominent personalities graced the ceremony tjat include: the Deputy Governor Kebbi State who was represented by the Member Kebbi State Assembly Hon Sani Garba Tiggi, the District Head of Augie Alhaji Adamu Samaila, Commander 1 Brigade Brigadier General S Ahmed and host of others.
Highlights of the ceremony include: cultural display and presentation of fish to the COAS, GOC and the Brigade Commander by the host community.