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COAS Provides Intervention Projects In Taraba

By Jamila Abba, Jalingo 

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, commissioned two Special Intervention Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Projects in Jen community, Karim Lamido Local Government Area of Taraba State on Thursday. 

The initiative aims to provide support for communities of Nigerian army officers who have dedicated themselves to serving the country and risen to the rank of Major General, to enhance the quality of life of Nigerian citizens. 

The two projects are the Major General Boniface Robert Sinjen Sports and Cultural Centre and the Major General Henry Tafida Wesley Multipurpose Centre.

Gen Lagbaja commended Major Generals Boniface Sinjen and Henry Wesley for their service to the country and their community. 

He thanked Governor Agbu Kefas for coming to the event and for his continued support. 

The COAS explained that the Nigerian army sees the people of Nigeria as critical partners in progress and that the projects are designed to complement government efforts in providing top-notch basic amenities and infrastructure for the people. 

He emphasized that the Nigerian Army is not out to compete with any level of government, political or socio-cultural, real entity and that the projects are not meant to give any undue political advantage to senior officers, but rather to enhance the quality of life of the people.

In his address, Major General Boniface Sinjen stated that the project was part of the COAS Special Intervention Civil-Military Cooperation Project, approved and funded by the COAS to give succor to communities in need. 

He said that the acts of benevolence over the years have helped galvanize the needed support from citizens, as force multipliers for troops combating insecurity in troubled parts of the country. 

The Sports and Cultural Centre is expected to nurture and cultivate athletes, empowering them to represent Jen’s community at both the state and the national levels.

Taraba State Governor, Dr. Agbu Kefas, lauded the COAS’s initiative and stressed that the projects would go a long way to cement civil-military relationships. 

He assured the people of Karim-Lamido that his administration would give special attention to the local government and that the road from Jalingo to Karim-Lamido would be finished before his next campaign.

The two projects, sponsored by the office of the COAS, are a Sports and Cultural Center, named after Major General Boniface Robert Sinjen, and a Multi-Purpose Center, named after Major General Henry Tafida Wesley. 

The Sports and Cultural Centre has standard Basketball and Volleyball courts, a football pitch, two pavilions of 500 seating capacity, a Museum, and a Conference hall with offices.

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