The Nigerian Army on Saturday carried out sanitation at designated areas in each of the 36 states of the federation and the FCT as part of activities to mark 2017 Nigerian Army Day celebration (NADCEL).
NADCEL is celebrated yearly on every July 6.
In the Federal Capital Territory, the army carried out the exercise at a market at the NYSC Camp junction in Kubwa and Utako market.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, who addressed Kubwa residents, who turned out in large number to partake in the exercise, said the army was conscious of the environment.
Buratai, represented by Maj.-Gen. Christopher Jemitola, the Chief of Policy and Plans, said “what we are doing in essence is to show that before we became soldiers, we were civilians and when we retire, we will become civilians.
“But for the period within, we have to partner with civilians to show that we – soldiers, are conscious of the environment and we are ready to cooperate with everyone.
“As an institution, we are ready to support government to take care of the environment and carry out our task.
“Our colleagues in all in the geopolitical zones are carrying out same exercise today, and at the same time keeping the peace,’’ he said.
The army chief advised the people to cooperate with the army by keeping the peace and feel free to contact it through its toll-free number – 193 to report misconduct by of its personnel.
“This is why the information centre -193, is set up so that if anybody sees or hears anything or witnesses misconduct by any of us, you should call us. We will address it.’’
Report from Chibok IDPs camp in Borno on Saturday morning said that troops of the 28 Task Force Brigade offered free medical service to over 300 people as part of activities to mark the day.
Activities to mark NADCEL started on Friday with a news conference at the army headquarters, and Juma’at service at the Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja.
There would be an inter-denominational Church service at same cantonment on Sunday, while a photo/arts exhibition would take place on Monday.
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