A beneficiary receiving the donation from Brig.-Gen. Barnabas Sakaba, the Chief of Staff to STF Commander.
Presenting the items to some beneficiaries on Monday in Mangu Halle, Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau, Maj.-Gen. Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, STF Commander, said the gesture was part of its Civil-Military Relations
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Brig.-Gen. Barnabas Sakaba, Okonkwo explained that the gesture was to basically cushion the hardships occasioned by the advent of coronavirus (COVID-19), particularly among the rural dwellers.
He further explained that the distribution formed part of its ongoing Operation Accord, recently inaugurated to address the spate of insecurity within its area of operation
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the operation, inaugurated on June 1, is an ongoing Defence Headquarters operation designed to neutralise and stem down banditry and other forms of insecurity in the North West and North Central zones of the country.
The Commander said the distribution of the palliatives, which had started few days ago in other communities, would also engender peaceful coexistence among inhabitants of the communities.
“As part of Operation ACCORD, OPSH has been engaged in a couple of Civil-Military Relations activities.
“We have shared palliatives to several communities in six local government areas of Plateau and in other communities within our areas of operations to cushion the hardships brought by COVID-19.
“This is just a token, because it can never be enough. It is just our little way of supporting the communities to coexist peacefully devoid of religious or ethnic differences,” he said.
The Commander also explained that Defence Headquarters (DHQ) had also approved the construction of 12 boreholes in some communities within its areas of operation.
He said that a primary school is being renovated by DHQ at Kpashio Community in Bassa Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau, saying that the Army Headquarters (AHQ) had constructed and equipped a clinic at Tigi in Ryom LGA.
He said the projects would soon be commissioned and put to use by the benefitting communities.
The distribution of the palliatives was monitored by a delegation from the DHQ, led by Air Commodore Edward Adedokun.
NAN reports that other communities that benefited from the palliatives include: Daffo and Kuba in Bokkos; Ganawuri, Bachi and Nyola in Riyom; Inding, Susa Sho and Rarin Sho in Barkin Ladi, Chanso in Mangu and Jos North, all in Plateau.
Other communities include: Ungwan Rimi, Zangon and Rifikti Motherless Home, all in Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
NAN reports that items distributed include: cartons of noodles, seasoning, cooking oil, sugar and spaghetti.
Others items were, packets of salt, body cream, tooth paste and bathroom slippers.
Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)