THE EDUCATOR - February 3

Abia: Ikpeazu Lauds 14 Brigades for Courage and Commitment

The Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has commended troops of 14 Brigade Nigerian Army for their courage, team spirit and commitment in tackling security challenges within Abia State in concert with other sister security agencies. 

The Governor made the commendation on Saturday, 3 February during the 14 Brigade, Nigerian Army Social Activities (NASA) celebration held in 14 Brigade Parade Ground, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Barracks, Ohafia.

Governor Ikpeazu who was ably represented by the Honourable Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Barr Chikwendu Kalu, said he was quite impressed with the NASA activities carried out by the troops. 

According to the Governor, the State will continue to appreciate what the Nigerian Army in synergy with other security agencies are doing in Abia State to maintain the relative peace now being enjoyed in the State.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Commander 14 Brigade, Brigadier General AK Ibrahim traced the history of NASA to the colonial era when the colonial masters realizing the importance Africans' attached to their culture and traditions made it mandatory at the end of each training year for cultural activities to take place in the Barracks and named it the West African Social Activities (WASA) recently turned to Nigerian Army Social Activities (NASA),  an avenue for social interaction between the soldiers, their families and the host community.

He also disclosed that year 2017 was a successful year for 14 Brigade as it took part in all Divisional training activities, competitions and Exercises which improved security within the Brigade's Area of Responsibility such as Indoor Telephone Battle (Exercise Quick Dragon), Exercise Egwu Eke II (Python Dance II).  Brig Gen Ibrahim attributed the  success recorded to the support from the Abia State Government, the COAS as well the General Officer Commanding 82 Division, stressing that the Brigade was endowed with officers and soldiers who sacrificed time and energy to achieved these lofty heights.

Traditional dancers that thrilled the audience at the occasion include NYSC dancers, Ohafia War dancers, Liberty dancers, Hausa dancers, Ekpe masquerade, Command Secondary School dance, Fulani dancers among others.  Climax of the occasion were, tug-of-war competition between soldiers' wives and female soldiers, male FRSC and male soldiers, presentation of awards to deserving soldiers and finally the blowing of Sun Set by the 14 Brigade military band as the national flag was being lowered brought the occasion to an end.

The event which was well attended and hitch free attracted dignitaries from all walks of life including GOC 82 Div ably represented by Brig Gen LA Adegboye, Brig Gen Egwuagu (Rtd), paramount ruler of Ohafia, business men and heads of other sister security agencies.