Coming on the heels of the recent commissioning of some vital community projects by the Nigerian Defence Academy in some of its neighbouring communities, the Academy has again embarked on an outreach to Mahuta, another neighbouring community to her, where the Commandant, Major General MT Ibrahim, participated in the planting of trees donated by the Academy to the communityâ€™s primary school, and the commissioning of a Transformer which NDA provided funds for its installation.
Commmandant NDA, Maj Gen MT Ibrahim, planting a tree during NDAâ€™s outreach to Mahuta, a neighbouring community to NDA
Whilst there, the Commandant was further moved by the dilapidated state of a block of classrooms whose roof has been blown off by rains and further made a pledge on behalf of the Academy to provide part funding for the renovation of the building.
Dilapidated block of classroom Commandant NDA pledged to help Mahuta community renovated
Addressing residents of the community, Major General Ibrahim noted the outreach to the Mahuta was in line with the new policy at the Nigerian Defence Academy to improve Civil â€“ Military Relations between the Academy and its neighbours. He stated that NDA is willing to partner with its neighbours for development. He further disclosed that NDA was only participating in the projects to assist the government in bringing development closer to the people, noting that as an institution of government NDA must assist in making life better, particularly to those in the communities surrounding here. He commended the residents of Mahuta for ensuring peace and unity amongst their communities, revealing that it was this relative peace that attracted NDA to their community. General Ibrahim further encouraged them to maintain peace in their community.
Maj Gen MT Ibrahim addressing residents of Mahuta during NDA outreach to the community
Reminiscing on his days as a cadet at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Major General Ibrahim recalled that the whole area which is now Mahuta and its environs was covered with trees. He regretted that today that has changed. He intoned that trees play a vital role in the survival of man and animals and encouraged them to nurture the trees provided by the Academy and plant more. According to him, each family should plant a tree.
Commandant NDA, Maj Gen MT Ibrahim, planting a tree at the Mahuta Primary School. Heâ€™s being assisted by a community leader, Mallam MK Mohammed
One of the leaders of the community, Mallam MK Mohammed, the ommand Ungwan Kudu, expressed delight at the visit of the Commandant to lead the outreach into Mahuta. He disclosed that the Commandantâ€™s visit to their community would be the first time any high ranking officer of the Academy will be visiting them. He thanked the Commandant and the Nigerian Defence Academy for helping to bring development to their community and pleaded with him to assist the community in the area of youth development.
Another leader of the community, Dr Danbazau, whilst thanking the Commandant for his kind gestures towards the neighbouring communities, disclosed that the gesture by the Commandant was anticipated because of the Commandantâ€™s antecedents everywhere else he has served in his military career. According to him, â€œGeneral Ibrahim always leaves a mark everywhere he servesâ€. He emphasized that Mahuta was not the only community enjoying the Commandantâ€™s kind gesture but that other communities around the Academy have benefited from the Commandantâ€™s benevolence.
Commandant NDA addressing pupils during NDA Outreach to Mahuta Primary School
Commandant NDA, Maj Gen MT Ibrahim, commissioning a Transformer in Mahuta