As part of activities lined up for the 2018 Nigerian Army Day, officers of 192 Battalion, Owode-Yewa, Ogun State on Saturday embarked on environmental sanitation.
The military men led by the Commanding Officer (rear) of the battalion, Major Victor Oche underwent what could be described as community service with the rehabilitation of bad portions of the Atan, Sokoto junction road.
Loopholes on the road were filled with granites as well as refuse on the road packed inside sacks.
Residents of Atan, Okada riders, and commuters plying the road who spoke to journalists commended the army authorities for the gesture, insisting that the exercise is worthy of emulation as it has changed the perception about the uniformed men.
They, however, appealed to the Nigerian Army and by extension the state government to look towards the rehabilitation of link roads in the state.
A resident, Pastor Adewale Ponle said he was very impressive about soldiers attitude in cleaning and feeling the loopholes on the road.
He appealed to the people to always obey government’s order of monthly sanitation.
The Chairman of AMORAN, Orita unit, Kehinde Oke said him and his men are happy about the cleanup exercise, urging others to support the army in cleaning the environment.
According to a passerby, Mrs. Anabel Onuh the gesture of the battalion is that the people can trust them, saying it is a good that needed to be encouraged.
“I am really surprised to see soldiers on the road cleaning and packing refuse. It shows we can trust them. I really thank them”, she stated.
Nigerian Army day is an annual event typically held on every 6th of July in honor of members of the Nigerian army especially those that lost their lives during the civil war.