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Nigerian Airforce offers free treatment to over 2 000 Lagosians

07 May 2015, 07:00

Lagos - The Nigerin Airforce (NAF), Logistics Command, in Lagos on Wednesday offered free medical treatment to over 2,000 residents and distributed over 1,000 treated mosquito nets to pregnant women and nursing mothers.

The free treatment was carried out as part of activities to mark NAF 51st anniversary.

The free medical treatment was given to the residents of Osodi/Isolo Local Government Area.

Other local government areas which benefited from the gesture included Alimosho and neighbouring communities.

Apart from the free medical treatment, a sanitation exercise was carried out by officers and men of the command at Old Ewu Road, Mafoluku, clearing a blocked drain.

Speaking at the event, the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of the Logistic Command, Air Vice-Marshal Abdullahi Shehu, described the gesture as part of the Airforce social responsibilities.

It is also a clear indication of good civil-military relations, Shehu said.

"We are here to extend our hands of friendship to the communities that live with us.

"This is a yearly event and what you are witnessing today is part of the series of event lined up to celebrate our 51st anniversary.

"As you know they say charity begins at home. So, what we are doing here is for the community which is our immediate neighbouring community.

"We are able to help in environmental sanitation and assist them with medicals," he said.

He said that all was with a view to enhance civil-military relations.

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"We are grateful to the local government chairman who is our host and members of the community for what they have been doing in terms of support and sharing information.

"These are for the betterment of security within the community and also within the NAF ikeja.

"We feel highly honoured to serve our community," he said.

The Executive Secretary of the Oshodi/Isolo Local Government, Adeola Olajobi, described the gesture as magnanimous and lauded the command's effort at sustaining the tempo annually.

He explained that the community was chosen among several others under the local government for the free medical treatment because it was densely populated.

He also revealed plans by the local government council to expand the drainage as well as reconstruct the road with a view to continuing from where the Airforce stopped.

Olajob said that the council had enjoyed a robust relationship with the Logistics Command, particularly in the area of security.

He expressed optimism that such relationship would be sustained. 


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