Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State (3rd right); with Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai (2nd right); the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adamu Abubakar (2nd left); Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke (behind the gov.); and other officers during the inauguration of a water project executed by the army at its 82 Division in Enugu, yesterday.
Lt Gen. Buratai made the commendation at the commissioning of the water project - “82 Division Urban Water Treatment Plant”, which was performed by Governor Ugwuanyi in the company of the GOC, 82 Division, Enugu, Major General Adamu Abubakar and other top military officers; Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State; Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke; former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, Prince Arthur Eze, among others.
The Army Chief noted that Gov. Ugwuanyi in his magnanimity and display of uncommon leadership style had paid a surprise visit to the site during the construction stage and promised to provide a transformer which he said had been installed and equally made available other donations that were utilized judiciously for the completion of the project.
Buratai also applauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for the peaceful atmosphere in Enugu State as well as “the peaceful co-existence between the Nigerian Army and the Government and people of Enugu State”, pointing out that the state is strategically important to the South East region considering its political and historical antecedents.
While equally appreciating the contributions of others who made the dream come true, such as personnel of the Nigerian Army Engineering Unit and members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), the GOC stated that the NYSC camp in Awgu Local Government Area of the state will benefit from the scheme as part of the Army’s corporate social responsibility.
The governor commended the Nigerian Army for the initiative which he said will help in no small measure, to improve water supply in the barracks and its environs, and thanked the Chief of Army Staff, the GOC 82nd Division and all the officers and men of the Division for the support and cooperation they have continued to offer his administration especially, in the area of security.
“We therefore hope to identify areas of possible cooperation and collaboration with the Nigerian Army in this area including the replication of the technology and expertise employed to execute this project, in the exploitation of water resources in the state for the benefit of all residents”, Gov. Ugwuanyi said.