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Nigerian Army Positively Impacts Humanity in Ibadan’s Oja Oba, Mapo Community during NADCEL 2023


Jul 3, 2023

As part of the ongoing Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2023 (NADCEL), the Nigerian Army (NA) conducted a one-day medical outreach in Oja Oba Community, Ibadan, Oyo State on Monday, July 3, 2023.

During the flag-off ceremony held at Mapo Hall, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), expressed gratitude to the people of Ibadan for their unwavering support to the NA.

He explained that choosing Oja Oba Community for the exercise was a gesture of appreciation to the Ibadan residents for their cooperation and support in fulfilling the NA’s constitutional duties.

Representing the COAS, Major General Zakari Abubakar, the Chief of Transformation and Innovations Army (COTI), emphasized that the medical outreach marked the commemoration of the 160th year since the establishment of the Nigerian Army.

He reassured the community that the NA would continue to strengthen the existing cordial relationship with the people of Ibadan.

In his vote of thanks, Pastor Emmanuel Olawale, the Chairman of Ibadan South East Local Government Area, expressed gratitude to the NA for their kind gesture.

He acknowledged the joy of the Oja Oba community in having the NA’s medical team provide free medical services. Pastor Olawale commended the Army for their outreach efforts and their commitment to ensuring the security and well-being of Ibadan and its surrounding areas.

The event witnessed a significant turnout of residents who took advantage of the free medical outreach to receive tests and treatments for various ailments, including high blood pressure, diabetes, dental issues, heart conditions, eye problems, and other health challenges.

Also, free medical checkups were provided, and the NA distributed free medication, eyeglasses, crutches, and wheelchairs to individuals with physical disabilities.

Health talks and counseling sessions were also conducted to raise awareness among the community, particularly regarding the consequences of substance abuse.

Dignitaries in attendance included the Olubadan of Ibadan, His Royal Majesty Oba Olalekan Balogun; Major General Victor Onumajuru, Chief of Special Services and Programs, and Chairman of NADCEL 2023; Major General Takuti Usman, the General Officer Commanding 2 Division; and Principal Staff Officers from the Army Headquarters, among others.

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