The Nigerian Army has constructed a bridge and hospital for some communities in Osun State.
Speaking during the inauguration of two projects, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, said he was indeed very glad to be part of the historic inauguration of the two projects.
He said the projects included a Bailey bridge over the famous Osun River that links Ede, Owu Kuta and Ikoyi communities and a hospital at Asamu town, all constructed by the Nigerian Army were parts of effort to enhance the well being of Nigerians and in line with the Army’s improved Civil-Military relations activities, which are akin to Corporate Social Responsibility in the corporate world.
One of the projects, a bailey bridge constructed across Osun River, by the Nigerian Army Engineers, was named “TY Buratai Bailey Bridge” to honour the Chief of Army Staff.
The COAS further stated that the bridge had wiped the tears of the people of Ede, Owu Kuta and Ikoyi as they had been battling for such project for over a hundred years without success.
He added that the socio-economic benefits of the bridge to the communities were most unprecedented.
The other project, was a state of the art hospital for Asamu community in Osun State.
In addition, a foundation was also laid for befitting staff quarters for the hospital at the town.
The COAS said the large turnout of illustrious sons and daughters of the affected communities from various parts of the country, “speaks volumes about the importance of the projects to the befitting communities.
“Personally, I must say that I have also enjoyed the warm hospitality of Oba Ahmed Adekunle Oyelude Makama Tegbosun III (Olowu of Kuta), the government and good people of Osun State.
“It was also an opportunity for me to meet senior military officers both serving and retired that I haven’t seen for a long time and good friends such as Alhaji Ismail Omipidan, the CPS to the Governor, State of Osun, Mrs. Kudirat Ibrahim, Sector Commander of RS11.1, of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Osun State and the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Orientation State of Osun, the immediate past President of Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mrs Funke Egbemode, among other wonderful people,” he said.