“I urge all the troops of 2 Division to continue to be hardworking, maintain high standard of discipline and remain loyal to the President and Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We must also remain resolute and highly committed towards achieving the Command Philosophy with emphasis on sound administration, effective leadership and operational effectiveness. It is also imperative on us to respect constitutional authority and be proactive in responding to security challenges and dealing with threats to peace and security of our dear country, in cooperation with other security agencies, especially within 2 Div AOR.” Alabi said.
Major General Bamidele Alabi however used the occasion to appreciate the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde who was ably represented at the event by his Special Adviser on Security Matters, CP Fatai Owoseni (rtd.), The Chief Of Army Staff, the Nigerian Army Association among others for their supports.
In his remarks that was delivered by Fatai Owoseni, the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, who was the special guest of honour of the event, promised continued support for Nigerian Army 2 Division Headquarters and other security agencies to ensure sustainable peaceful coexistence among residents of the state.
He said, “The state appreciate the Nigerian Army for everything they have been doing towards ensuring safer and secured Oyo state, the state appreciate the Nigerian Army for everything and most especially with the recent incident of explosion that was recorded in Ibadan.”
“As we start the new year, the state looks forward to strengthen the collaboration with Nigerian Army and other security agencies to tackle the evolving security challenges which the dynamic of the society will bring forth.”
“Please be assure that His Excellency shall be adequately briefed regarding the enormous resources that have been committed to putting this thanksgiving ceremony, the WASA 2023 together and of course the governor has also asked me to let the GOC knows that when he returns he will do the needful, and security being one of the cardinal programs of our state and the driver of socio and economic growth, the state shall continue to provide the wherewithal for our troops and other services to deliver on their mandates.” He said.
Other highlights of the event includes cultural displays by various cultural dancers, tug of war contests, dancing competition among the baracks kids, checking of the cuisine of the various units of the Division by the GOC and other dignitaries invited, group photograph among others.