By Yakubu UbaMembers of the newly created Nigerian Army Women’s Corps (NAWC) on Thursday took over the sanitation of Yola Modern market and traffic control at strategic roads during rush-hour in Yola town.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that members of the corps also provided free medical outreach to residents of Bekaji ward of Jimeta area of Yola town.
Speaking to newsmen on the exercise, the Commander of the Corps, Maj.-Gen. Preye Fakrogha, said the exercise was in line with end of year activities of the Nigerian Army and in compliance with the directive of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.
“This is our own contribution from the NAWC. We are in Yola to have a medical outreach, sanitation and traffic control during rush-hour.
“This exercise is also telling the people of Yola metropolis that the NAWC is with them as well as telling female citizens that Nigerian Army is a place for them to come.
“There is a platform now for women to showcase their skills, talents in line with COAS vision of having a professionally responsible Army,” Fakrogha said.
The Commander said the NAWC team was in groups to ensure service delivery in all the six geo-political zone of the country.
Many residents of Yola commended the gesture and urged the military to sustain it in improving cordial relationship between the military and the public.
“As a woman I was excited to see those women in uniform cleaning the market and controlling traffic to show that women are also active contributors in nation building,’’ Hajara Ibrahim, a female trader in Yola Modern market said.