How Army Is Strengthening Relationships With Host Communities

… as COAS commissions 1000 capacity town hall in Afijio

In its continued efforts to cement cordial relationship with host communities across the country, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has commissioned a 1000 capacity Town Hall at Akinmoorin in Afijio Local Government Area of Oyo State.

The project financed by the Nigerian Army was commissioned on Friday, 9th September, 2022 as part of the Civil Military Cooperation efforts of the Nigerian Army (NA).

The COAS, in his remarks at the commissioning ceremony said the Nigerian Army under his watch would continue to give back to the society in recognition of the cooperation and support enjoyed from them towards actualizing its constitutional mandate.

He urged them to sustain the peace and harmony he witnessed in the community for the progress and development of Oyo state and the nation at large, adding, that the edifice should be utilized for the collective good of the community.
Gen Yahaya also used the opportunity to commend the loyalty of officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army for their service and sacrifices in defending the nation, charging them to remain committed in the ongoing fight against security challenges in the country.


In his welcome address, the project executor, who is the Chief of Operations (Army), Major General Olufemi Akinjobi, an indigene of Akinmoorin community, stated that the successful completion and commissioning of the project is a remarkable landmark in Akinmoorin Kingdom.

He noted that the project is part of the COAS’ special intervention project and the dream of the community, which had remained elusive for 32 years.

Gen Akinjobi appreciated the COAS for the honour done to the Kingdom by approving and personally commissioning the project. He assured of the community’s support in the realization of the COAS’ vision, progress, peace and development of the country.

The event was attended by principal Staff Officers from Army Headquarters, Corps Commanders, General Officers Commanding (GOC) 2 and 81 Divisions, Heads of Security Agencies, the Amoorin of Akinmoorin, His Royal Highness, Oba Solomon Iyiola Akinyemi, Oyo State Government functionaries, Retired military officers and members of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) among other dignitaries.

Post Author: Friday Ekeoba