The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, on Friday commissioned and handed over five renovated schools in Limawa Community in Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa.
Lagbaja, represented by the Chief of Military-Civil Affairs, Maj. Gen. N.C. Ugbo said the exercise was conducted in the Chief of Army Staff’s Special Intervention Civil-Military Cooperation Projects.
He explained that the project is a unique initiative towards the fulfilment of the Nigerian Army’s drive for community engagement in line with its non-kinetic efforts.
He added that projects are designed to provide succour to the communities of the Nigerian Army officers, who, through their dedicated service to the nation, have risen to the enviable rank of Major General.
“It gives me great pleasure to see that Jigawa State is blessed with one such highly regarded senior officer in the person of Major General Abdulkadir Mohammed. It is pertinent to recall that just last month, we commissioned another critical project in Kazaure LGA as executed by Maj. General Kazaure and today we are here in Dutse to commission yet another project.
“Today, we are here to unveil the rebranded Limawa Model Primary School, which is fully furnished and ready to serve the community,” said Maj Gen Ugbo who delivered Lagbaja’s message.
According to him, the execution of the project is an example of what can be achieved when passion, dedication, and hard work are combined.
While calling for the schools to be well managed to contribute to the educational growth and prosperity of the benefiting community, Lagbaja acknowledged its commitment to providing timely and actionable information to the army and other security agencies in the state.
On his part, the Chief Executor of the project, Maj-Gen. Abdulkadir Muhammad, said initially only one dilapidated school, which was Limawa Model Primary School was proposed.
He explained that when the project was about to be completed, four dilapidated schools were also considered and remodelled.
He gave the names of the schools as Dutse Model Primary School Limawa, Limawa Primary School, Junior Arabic Secondary School Limawa and Limawa Islamiyya School.
“This remodelling involved expanding 11 blocks of 25 classrooms, where eight classes and offices were renovated at Limawa Primary School, two classes and two offices at Dutse Model Primary School Limawa, nine classes at Junior Arabic Secondary School Limawa and a single block of two classes at Limawa Islamiyya School. Moreover, 10 toilets and one borehole were also renovated,” the chief executor said.
Sa’id said that the project comprised the renovation of 11 blocks of 24, classrooms, 10 toilet units, water facilities, and staff offices.
In his remarks, Gov Umar Namadi commended the COAs for the gesture, saying that it will complement the effort of the state government in providing an enabling environment for teaching and learning in the state.
Namadi also commended the executor of the project and described him as a proud son who has concerns for the future of younger generations. He assured that his administration, in collaboration with the benefiting community, will effectively utilise and protect the facilities to achieve the desired goal of providing access to quality education.
On his part, the Emir of Dutse Hameem Nuhu-Sunusi extended the appreciation of the Limawa community and Dutse Emirate to the Chief of Army Staff for the gesture.
Nuhu-Sunusi also promised to promote good working relationships with the military and other security agencies to maintain peace and order in the state and Nigeria at large.
The educational materials, including school uniforms, were distributed for free to over 1,000 pupils in the area.