The Nigerian Army’s 35 Artillery Brigade has donated a solar-powered borehole to its host community Alamala Community, Abeokuta North Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The Brigade also conducted free medical tests on 1,000 residents of Owode community in Yewa North Local Government Area of the state.
The Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Mohammed Aminu while commissioning the water project said the donation was part of the brigade’s civil-military cooperation activities aimed at giving back to society.
He said the borehole would address the chronic water shortage faced by the residents of Alamala Community.
“This project is a result of discussions with our host community, Alamala, where they identified water scarcity as a major challenge. Today, we have fulfilled our promise by sinking a solar-powered borehole. I believe this project will significantly impact the lives of the community and society at large,” he said.
The baale (community leader) of Alamala, High Chief Akimade Yemi, expressed gratitude for the initiative, saying “This water project is crucial, and we are committed to secure and maintain it. While we appreciate this gesture.”
At Owode, Aminu said the free medical tests would encourage healthy living for the residents of host communities.
He implored the residents of the state to continue to cooperate with and support the military and other security agencies.
Also speaking, the Amona Oba of Owode Yewa, Chief Nojeem Olubiyi, commended the Nigerian Army for deeming it fit to give back to its immediate environment .
Olubiyi said that the gesture would continue to boost the cordial relationship between the army and the people of the community.
The outreach witnessed a large turnout of residents taking advantage of the exercise to access treatment for different ailments.
The free eye test, high blood pressure and general medical check-up were administered on the residents, while drugs were administered and free eye glasses and treated mosquito nets were distributed.