The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), has presented farming tools to farmers in Baga, Kukawa LGA of Borno State.
A statement by the Chief Military Public Information Officer of the MNJTF, Kamarudeen Adegoke said the items were presented to the farmers by the Force Commander of the MNJTF, Maj. Gen. G.U Chibuisi represented by the Deputy Force Commander, Brig. Gen. Assoualai Blama.
In his remarks, the FC who was represented by the Deputy Force Commander, Brig Gen Assoualai Blama commended the African Union (AU) for its unrelenting support geared towards addressing challenges of insecurities in the Lake Chad Basin region.
“He pointed out that the gesture was aimed at engaging the youths in activities that would be beneficial to them. He added that such activities will in turn strengthen the local economy of the communities in Lake Chad Basin region and enjoined the youths to shun activities that will jeopardize the peace and stability of the areas,” the statement added.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Commander 403 Amphibious Brigade in Baga, Brig. Gen. O.A Ajagbe, thanked the MNJTF for the support which he said would go a long way in contributing to mass food production in the area.
Ajagbe observed that agriculture plays a crucial role in the economy of the communities and that engaging the youths in the lucrative business would keep them away from crimes, particularly the threat of being recruited by terrorists.
Ajagbe also lauded AU’s commitment towards regional peace and security and urged communities in the region to sustain support to MNJTF for more successes in containing terrorism in the area.
In attendance at the event are: the Head of AU- MST, Mr Abdou Mahame, Chief J9 HQ MNJTF, Col Idris Oke, Community Head of Kukawa, Lt Commander Kyati (Rtd), Chairman Kukawa Farmers Association, Alhaji Ladan, staff of HQ MNJTF and AU-MST among others.