From Mike Tayese, Yenagao
The Commander of the 16 Brigade of the Nigerian Army has re-assured of the Brigade’s commitment to a cordial Civil-Military relationship and support to the Nigerian citizens in its operational area in Bayelsa state.
Brig-Gen Valentine Okoro, Commander, 16 Brigade stated this during build up activities to the Nigeria Army Day slated for tomorrow, July 6 nationwide.
Okoro said that officers and men of the Brigade had volunteered to clean up the markets in Yenagoa as a show of support and friendship to the civilianpopulation.
Speaking shortly after the exercise, Brig. Okoro said the exercise was part of the social responsibility of the Nigerian Army to the host communities in line with the directive of the Chief of Army Staff.
“In line with the overall decisions of the Chief of Army Staff, we are here to render service to the people of Yenagoa and Bayelsa state in general.
“The army has actually been involved in civil-military activities to support the citizens of this country who are the tax payers and probably our employers in order to let them know that the military is also part of the society.
“We promote not only peace and security, but also social welfare for thecitizens of the country.” He said.
He said one of the significances of the exercise, is to inculcate the senseof humanitarian and social service in the military, and to draw the attention of the general public, the importance of cleanliness of their environments.
The military men and women cleaned the streets, Opolo, Kpansia and Swali markets in Yenagoa and evacuated refuse in the exercise.