By Daniel Tyokua
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has provided palliative items to 287 widows in various military barracks as part of measures to cushion effect of the sit-at-home order.
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who made the presentation at the Mambilla barracks Asokoro on behalf of the FCT Administration, said the items would be distributed to 287 needy rank and file officers/soldier widows in military barracks.
Aliyu said the beneficiaries are drawn from 7 Guards Battalion, Lungi barracks, 102 Guards Battalion, Zuma barracks, 176 Guards barracks, Gen. A.O Azazi barracks Gwagwalada, 177 Guards Battalion, Shitu Alao barracks Keffi, and Guards Brigade Garrison, Mambilla barracks, Asokoro, Abuja.
According to her, 70 widows are drawn from 7 Guards Battalion, Lungi barracks, while 36 widows drawn from 102 Guards Battalion, Zuma barracks, and 56 widows drawn from, 176 Guards barracks, Gen. A.O Azazi barracks Gwagwalada.
Others are 60 widows drawn from 177 Guards Battalion, Shitu Alao barracks Keffi, and 65 widows drawn from Guards Brigade Garrison, Mambilla barracks, Asokoro, bringing the total to 287 widows.
While praying that God would continue to strengthen the Nigerian Army in the battle against insurgency, Aliyu used the occasion to call for support especially widows in various barracks.
“May God reward and strengthen you. Despite the difficulties of COVID-19, many of our Nigerian Army Officers are out there fighting the insurgents, but God will help us to strengthen our nation not only taking away the COVID-19, but also take away the insurgents that has bedeviled our nation. United we are stronger,” Aliyu stated.
Receiving the palliative items, the Chief of Staff, Guards Brigade, Col. Kasim Sidi, thanked the FCT Administration for the gesture, adding that the palliative items would go a long way to cushion the effect of the sit-at-home order.
“On behalf of Guards Brigade, I want to thank you very sincerely for this palliatives. It goes to show that we are not forgotten in this reach-out period. Please continue to consider us whenever there is a reach-out like this,” he said.
Items donated include 500 cartons of Indomie, 500 packs of gala, rice, soft drinks and water.