The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has drilled two boreholes and donated 20,000 treated mosquito nets to two communities in Kaduna State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report that the beneficiaries were Kuturan Buzu and Maro communities in Kachia and Kajuru Local Government Areas, respectively.
Other items donated on Saturday by the NDA to the two communities included 15, 000 blankets, 6,000 face masks, 1,800 pieces of hand sanitizer and 10,000 mattresses.
The NDA also refurbished a trycicle ambulance for Maro Tsarki Health Center.
NAN reports that the items were handed over to the communities by the NDA Commandant, Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham, who also monitored ongoing Exercise Camp Highland for Army Cadets of 67 Regular Course and Short Service Course 46, holding in the area.
Sarham said the intervention was part of the Academy’s corporate social responsibility to communities where the Academy conducts training activities.
“It is a symbol of our appreciation for your support in training the future leaders of our armed forces.
“The NDA has over the years supported various communities as part of it’s Civil Military Cooperation responsibilities.
“As Commandant, I am indeed proud to continue this noble tradition of NDA by providing support to communities in the area of medical services, water and sanitation.
“These interventions and outreaches, although not our primary mandate, are necessary for us to show appreciation to our host communities and all those who support and partner with us on the very important duty of transforming young men and women into professional military officers.”
Sarham added that the palliative would improve the quality of life of the beneficiaries, and urged personnel at the Maro health centre to use the refurbished ambulance judiciously.
The Commandant said NDA remained conscious of its mandate of training cadets for the nation’s defence infrastructure.
“This is why we have continued to improve on the training modules for cadets and inject more elements of realism into cadets training activities.
“Only recently, we completed a tour of the Frontlines in North East region with final year cadets to give them a first hand experience of realities in the Frontlines.”
He noted that the performance of the cadets in the ongoing exercise was very encouraging.
“As we conclude activities for exercise camp highland with battle inoculation and firepower demonstration in a few days time, I remain confident that our cadets will put up the best display of courage and prowess in carrying out military operations.”
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