By Habibu Harisu, Sokoto.
The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Sokoto State Council, has commended the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, for his leadership that has ensured professionalism in the Nigerian Army and nation building.
The commendation is conveyed in a statement issued by Mr Dalhatu Safiyal-Magori, the Sokoto State Chairman of NUJ, on Saturday in Sokoto.
Safiyal-Magori lauded the efforts of Yahaya over the successful conduct of the 2022 COAS Annual Conference and various community development protects inaugurated across Sokoto State.
He said that the conference proved the integrity of Yahaya towards promoting professionalism in the Nigerian Army, which would set the agenda for future generations in safeguarding territorial boundaries as well as internal security.
He explained that the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, Ministers, former and current Service Chiefs, traditional institutions and other dignitaries at the conference aptly demonstrated the acceptance of the Nigerian Army in the society.
Safiyal-Magori noted that the conference, with the theme: “Building a Professional Nigerian Army for the 21st Century Security Environment”, would surely leverage on sustained vigour for the transformation of the Nigerian Army, as it was designed to elicit new ideas and proffer solutions for enhancement of the Army’s activities.
According to him, the civil-military projects executed by the Nigerian Army and inaugurated during the COAS conference, in the Sokoto metropolis, Sifawa community in Bodinga Local Government and LG headquarters, Tangaza, Goronyo and Sabon Birnin Local Government Areas, have also attested to these facts.
Safiyal-Magori listed the projects as the Paediatric Ward at Goronyo General Hospital, block of classrooms at Nizamiyya Model Primary School in Tangaza and the Emir Yahaya Road in Sokoto.
Other projects that were inaugurated are newly-constructed mosque at Kassarawa, mosque in Bodinga town, complete rehabilitation of Malam Sa’idu Nizamiyya school, primary healthcare centre, fire service station, drainages and road networks in Sifawa community, among others.
Besides, the NUJ Chairman said that during the event, the National President of Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), Mrs Salamatu Yahaya, also inaugurated a solar-powered borehole, overhead water tank, donated by NAOWA and rehabilitated Vesico Virginal Fistula (VVF) Centre in Sokoto State.
The centre, located at Maryam Abacha Women and Children Hospital, underwent structural facelift and was provided with office furniture, empowerment training tools and medical equipment.
He said Mrs Yahaya explained that the efforts were part of NAOWA’s vision to support the less-privileged persons, women empowerment as well as uplift the living standards of citizens.
The NUJ chairman also lauded NAOWA for donating foodstuff, detergents and other commodities to the VVF victims and commended the hospital management for the efforts on the treatment and provision of livelihood support for VVF victims.
“The National President of NAOWA also presented medical equipment, drugs and consumables to the Sokoto Specialist Hospital, Sokoto; donated sewing and knitting machines, bicycles and foodstuffs to orphanage homes in Sokoto.
“The state council expressed appreciation to the supports and professional career enhancement programmes, noting that the NUJ would continue to associate with the COAS on the achievements as well as partner with him at all times,” he said.