As part of activities marking the end of Operations Crocodile Smile 111, the 2nd Brigade Nigerian Army has donated equipment to the General Hospital, Ikot Abasi in Akwa Ibom.
Speaking yesterday, while donating the equipment to the management of the hospital in Ikot Abasi the Commander, 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Brig Gen Abdu Hassan, said the action was to give back to the community.
Hassan said that the Operation Crocodile Smile 111, was to reach out to the host community to ensure the success of the exercise.
He said since the operation crocodile smile was officially launched in 2016, it had been able to flush out criminals and other bad elements operating within the Niger Delta region.
He said that the military would continue to collaborate with the civil society in discharge of their constitutional duties, noting that the collaboration had been a huge success.
“As part of activities marking the end of Operation Crocodile Smile 2018, and as part of our civil military responsibility, we deemed it fit to come here, so that we can give back to this community.
“The need for us to collaborate with our host community cannot be overemphasised.
“We have chosen Ikot Abasi because we have been operating here for the past three weeks, having been around this community, we realised that this hospital lacks some equipment.
“So, we decided to donate some of these equipment to this hospital as part of our civil military relationship,” Hassan said.
In his remarks, the chairman, Akwa Ibom Hospital Management Board, Dr David Umoh, said that the action of the military has endeared them to the people.
Umoh commended the military, adding that a programme like that would cement military/civil relationship across communities of operations.
He said that the more the people and communities get connected and provide information to the military on crimes and criminal elements, the better for the society.
“On behalf of the government of Akwa Ibom State, I want to welcome you to the sunny beautiful city of Ikot Abasi. I want to thank the military one more time because if they did not think it through, we will not be here today.
“I want to assure you that on our own part, we shall put these equipment to use for the interest of all our patients. Thank you very much for the donation,” he said.
The Village Head, Ikot Obong, in Ikot Abasi, Chief Obong Etukeren, on behalf of his people, thanked the Nigerian army for remembering the community.
He said, “The equipment is going to affect the community positively and we are very happy about it.
“We are very grateful to the Nigerian Army for what they donated to this hospital, which is for the benefit of this community.”
Our correspondent reported that highpoint of the event was the presentation of the equipment which included, hospital beds, mattresses, rolling chair, cylinders with oxygen and consumables among others.