PRESS RELEASE: The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai, in an effort to boost the morale of the troops of the Nigerian Army, has conceived and launched the “Thank You for Your Service” Initiative.
While this Initiative originated from the Nigerian Army, it will be a 100% private sector driven initiative, championed by the Nigerian people, as it is in other parts of the world.
The objective of this initiative is to show the soldiers of the Nigerian Army that the Nigerian people are standing with them, and they support and appreciate their efforts and sacrifice for the nation.
The first scheme under this Initiative is the Water Project. The aim is to provide the Nigerian Army frontline soldiers with a continuous supply of 50 cl bottled water with a message that reads, “Thank You for Your Service”. This water is not for sale, as the cost will be borne by partners to the initiative.
The Initiative, which has already received support from TETFUND, Nigeria Customs Service, Lagos, Ebonyi and Enugu State Governments, with commitments from Abia, Nasarawa, Plateau, Borno States and other corporate organisations.
Speaking with the Press at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. TY Buratai, represented by the Chief of Civil Military Affairs (CCMA), Major General PJ Bojie, called on all Nigerians, especially the Organised Private Sector to ‘support the Nigerian Army ‘Thank You for Your Service’ Water Initiative to produce table water that would serve as a token of appreciation by Nigerians for the selfless service and sacrifice of the soldiers of Nigerian Army’.
The COAS also said, ‘while the private sector has shown commitment in supporting the efforts of the Federal Government to rebuild the Northeast region and rehabilitate the Internally Displaced Persons, it must also be recognized that it is the selfless service and sacrifice of the Troops of the Nigerian Army that has made it possible for the rebuilding and rehabilitation to take place. Therefore there is a need to say ‘Thank You’ to the Officers and Men of the Nigerian Army for their effort in bringing about the rebuilding and rehabilitation of IDPs in the Northeast and their selfless service in other security flash points across the country’.
The Director General of the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Major General JGS Hamakim who is the driver of the Initiative, Blake & Harper Nigeria and Akogate Group, partners of the Initiative and other top Military personnel were present at the Press Conference.
The Chief of Army Staff recognizes that without the buy-in of the Nigerian people, this initiative cannot succeed, therefore he appeals to well-meaning individuals, Corporate organizations, Groups and indeed State Governments and self-funded Parastatals to join hands with the Nigerian Army and make this Initiative a success, which he believes would boost the morale of the troops as they toil day and night to keep us all safe.
Contact: Nkem Agunwa-Okwuogu, Thank You for Your Service Initiative
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