Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, has urged the management of Utoka Secondary School to ensure diligent maintenance is provided to the remodeled block of classrooms, newly constructed science laboratory and borehole executed in the school.

The COAS made the call during the commissioning of the Nigerian Army special intervention projects in Utoka Secondary School at Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State executed in honour of Maj Gen FO Omoigui, the Chief of Defence Simulation.

Represented by the Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport, the COAS stated that the Nigerian Army paid very close attention to the Non-Kinetic lines of operation by ensuring that it has a good and cordial relationship with the civil populace and indeed the host communities where the military operations are conducted.

According to him, the cordial relationship necessitated the conception of remodeling a block of classrooms and construction of a well-equipped science laboratory at Utoka community in order to win the hearts and minds of the host community.

Responding, the Edo State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Joan Osa Oviawe, appreciated the Nigerian Army for honouring Maj Gen Omoigui, a son of the community, by remodeling and constructing a new science laboratory for Utoka Secondary School.

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The Commissioner, who was represented by Mr Osawe Osagie, Secretary, Senior Secondary Education Board, assured the school that more Science teachers would be posted to man the newly constructed science lab.

In his welcome remarks, Maj Gen FO Omoigui stated that the school was in a dilapidated state at the time of his intervention. He said that COAS intervention quickened the early completion of the project. He, therefore, thanked the COAS for his magnanimity and for honouring him with the project.

High points of the occasion included the unveiling of the commissioning plaque, the cutting of the commissioning tape, the presentation of souvenirs and the cultural display.

Among the dignitaries that graced the occasion include His Royal Highness Ambassador Ogiemwonyi Airomwambo Enogie of Utoka Dukedom, Chief of Civil Military Affairs, Maj Gen MG Kangye, Army Headquarters Principal Staff Officers, Commander 4 Brigade, Brig Gen DH Ndahi.