The 81 Division Nigerian Army has kicked off the 2021 Nigerian Army Day Celebration with a medical outreach and distribution of palliatives to residents of Aja/ Ilaje community, in Etiosa East Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.
Declaring open the exercise, the General Officer Commanding , 81 Division Major General Lawrence Fejokwu urged members of the public not to shiver at the sight of military personnel, but see the officers as part of them ,working together for the good of the country.
The exercise was considered successful as residents of Ajah/ Ilaje Community came out in their numbers to welcome the men and officers of the 81 Division and to access the packages they brought to them.
All the seven canopies used for the event were filled up , with crowds of people still standing and waiting for their turns to receive medical services as well as carry their shares of the palliatives , which comprise bags of rice, medical protective equipment and drugs.
In his mark, the GOC, 81 Division Major General Lawrence Fejokwu conveyed the good wishes of the Chief of Army Staff to the people , while stressing the unflinching commitment of the military towards peaceful coexistence with civilians.
While urging the people to be partners in progress with the military, Major General Fejokwu, noted that Army officers are friendly people and at all times like to associate with civilians.
He explained that the Nigerian Army Day celebration, which is a week long exercise, is dear to the force as it affords them the opportunity to celebrate and thank God for all the good things they have achieved in the course of their operations.
The GOC asked them to appreciate the gesture, hoping that it would go a long way in forstering military/civilian relationship.
On the choice of Ajah/Ilaje , he said it is because it occupies a great portion of the Atlantic Ocean coast compared to other parts of Lagos State.
The command mounted a mobile laboratory and with that conducted medical screening on the residents for a wide range of cases including malaria and typhoid, hepatitis, HIV and AIDS, Blood sugar and hypertension.
Based of the tests results, patients were treated instantly while those with severed cases were referred.
The Baale of Ajah Land, Chief Alani Ojupon had in an address of welcome thanked the 81 Division , of the Nigerian Army for considering their area for the Medicals inspite of it’s location in the remote area of Lagos.
The Baale who was represented by a community Leader, Mr. Wasiu Eshinlokun prayed for God’s guidance upon the Command in all it’s programmes.
Members of the Nigerian Army officers Wives Association who were beautifully clad in their uniforms, added colour to the event.
The exercise was peaceful and residents looking happy as the Army band entertained the gathering.