From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
The General Officer Commanding, GOC, 6 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sarham has on Friday, commissioned building renovated by a philanthropist for families of soldiers residence at the Division headquarters in Port Harcourt.
Chief Ejovi Ogenegarem, Managing Director of Ejovi Dredging and Marine Services Limited, an indigenous company operating within the Division Area of Responsibility had in partnership with the Division renovated to standard two rooms apartment each for ten families.
Commending the effort of the philanthropist on behalf of tthe Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Burata, the GOC, noted that the gesture will address challenges faced by the soldiers and their families.
He said “I once again welcome our guest and partner Chief Ogenegarem Ejovi, the Managing Director Ejovi Dredging and Marine Services Limited. I wish to on behalf of Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, Officers, men and family members of 6 Division thank you for this laudable gesture as part of your Corporate Social Responsibility. No doubt, this project will go a long way in alleviating the challenges faced by troops and their families as for that we say a big thank you”.
He further urged companies and Non Governmental Organisations within the Division to emulate the good gesture by Chief Ejovi.
“May I also use this opportunity to extend the Division’s hands of similar partnership with the philanthropist and other Non Governmental Organisations operating within the Division Area of Responsibility to as part of their corporate social responsibility extend similar projects within the Barracks communities. This reciprocal gesture will definitely give succour to the families of soldiers that work daily to make your business environment conducive. We appreciate those that made this come to reality, we pray God to bless them all”.
In his remark, Chief Ejovie Ogenegarem, managing Director, Ejovi Dredging and Marine Services Limited, stated that the project is part of their corporate social responsibility for the nation. He noted the need to support the military for their untiring effort in the protection of the country, Nigeria.
He thanked the GOC for availing him the opportunity in a little to support the Army efforts.
“May I first of all give gratitude to Almighty God who gave me the opportunity to come up with the idea of renovating this block for the Army which I feel will put a smile on the faces of the beneficiaries. This was borne out of my personal conviction and feelings that the Army should be appreciated for the great works they do. I want to most sincerely thank the GOC for magnanimously granting approval for me to contribute my small quota to the Army and 6 Division in particular.
“Today, it is no longer news that the Army is in every part of our country containing different security challenges ranging from terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and pipeline vandalism, amongst others. This is to ensure that we all sleep with our eyes closed. Though we cannot pay for these sacrifices, we can however support and appreciate the Army in our little way like we are witnessing today”.
Some of the beneficiaries of the renovated building who spoke with The AUTHORITY, appreciated the combined efforts of the philanthropist and GOC, said is a relieve to their accommodation challenges.
Mrs Ibuchim Andrew said: “I feel very happy for the renovation because we have suffered challenge of rain damaging our properties. But when we heard that they want to renovate the block we became happy and within three weeks the house is set for us to move in”.
Mrs Fatima Jimmy Godwin stated “I feel very grateful for this gesture because it has not been easy for us. We have suffered roof lickage, rats, cats entered our house as a result of the dilapidated look of the building. We really appreciate it so much and thank the philanthropist and the GOC for cleaning the tears from our eyes”.