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NADCEL 2023: Nigerian Army Touches Lives in Oja Oba, Mapo Community in Ibadan

In continuation of the series of activities lined up for the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2023 (NADCEL 2023), the Nigerian Army today, Monday 3rd, July 2023 conducted a one-day medical outreach in Mapo Hall, Oja Oba Community, Ibadan, Oyo state.

NADCEL 2023: Nigerian Army Touches Lives in Oja Oba, Mapo Community in Ibadan
Speaking during the flag-off ceremony at Mapo Hall, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Taoreed Lagbaja appreciated the good people of Ibadan for their support to the Nigerian Army, adding that the choice of Oja Oba Community for the exercise was to give back to the people of Ibadan for their cooperation and support to the Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional mandate.

The COAS, who was represented by the Chief of Transformation and Innovations Army (COTI) Major General Zakari Abubakar stated that the medical outreach is to commemorate the 160th year of the Nigerian Army’s existence. He assured the community that the Nigerian Army will continue to provide platforms that would further strengthen the already existing cordial relationship with the Nigerian Army.

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The Chairman Ibadan South East Local Government Area, Pastor Emmanuel Olawale in his vote of thanks appreciated the Nigerian Army for her kind gesture noting that the people of Oja Oba community were delighted to have the Nigerian Army medical team in their midst to provide free medical services. He therefore, commended the Army for the outreach and for ensuring the security of lives and property of Ibadan and contiguous areas.

The event witnessed a large number of residents who took advantage of the free medical outreach to access tests and treatment for diverse ailments, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, dental, heart, eye and other health challenges, as well as free medical checkup. The Nigerian Army also distributed free drugs, eyeglasses, crutches and wheelchairs to the physically challenged.

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Health talks and counseling were also conducted to sensitize the community. The exercise was also used as a platform to enlighten the community on the implications of substance abuse in their community.

The event was well attended by dignitaries including the Olubadan of Ibadan , His Royal Majesty Oba Olalekan Balogun, Chief of Special Services and Programmes and Chairman NADCEL 2023, Major General Victor Onumajuru, General Officer Commanding 2 Division, Major General Takuti Usman, Principal Staff Officers from the Army Headquarters, among others.

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Recall that the Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, as part of the Civil-Military Cooperation activities of the Nigerian Army, commissioned a Renovated/furnished Alafia Oluwa Primary School in Mushin, Lagos State and also donated a borehole to ease the water problem in the area.

READ MORE: Tears of Joy as Chief of Army Staff commissions renovated school, borehole in Mushin

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