General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division Nigerian Army, Major General T. A. Lagbaja, yesterday, said Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s commitment to the affairs of the Division is a manifestation of the cordial relationship between the state government and the military.
Maj. Gen. Lagbaja, who made the remark during the finales of the inaugural GOC and Chairperson of Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA) 82 Division football competitions for male and female football teams held at the Abakpa Cantonment football pitch, Enugu, appreciated Gov. Ugwuanyi for attending the sporting event.
After official formalities, the governor kicked off the male final match between the Dragons Football Club (FC), 82 Division and Noble Great Achievers FC (Host Community).
“The competition is part of our Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) activities aimed at promoting cordial relationship between the barracks and our host communities. The football competition is part of our positive contributions towards the development of talents at grassroots level,” he said.
He said the competition was one of the cardinal objectives the Ugwuanyi’s administration has pursued vigorously, stressing that the two-week football tourney would help to channel youthful energies from crimes and other misdemeanors to productive endeavors, and commended Ugwuanyi for identifying with the noble aims of the event.
“In particular, I wish to most warmly welcome Governor Ugwuanyi and members of his entourage for being part of this event. This is the manifestation of the cordial relationship between the state government and the military,” the GOC said.
Speaking, Ugwuanyi expressed delight at the event, which he said, was part of efforts to promote military and civilian relationship, particularly in the Abakpa and Emene communities, pointing out that Enugu was enjoying the support and goodwill of the military, especially the Nigerian Army and other security agencies.
He reassured the security agencies to always count on his administration’s support and wished the audience Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Chairman, Enugu State House of Assembly Committee on Sports Development, Hon. Chinedu Otaka and representatives of heads of other security agencies were among dignitaries that attended the event.