From right to left: General Officer Commanding GOC 7 Division Nigerian Army Major General Peter Malla, Borno state Commissioner for Information and Internal Security Professor Usman Tar and Permanent Secretary Government House Mustapha Busuguma while delivering cash support earlier pledged by Governor Babagana Zulum to wounded-in-action soldiers at headquarters 7 Division, Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri.
By Dauda Iliya
The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has approved the release of ten million naira relief package to soldiers wounded-in-action during several encounters with Boko Haram insurgents in the state.
The support was in fulfillment of earlier pledge made by the Governor at a Sallah launch organised by the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja two months ago.
Delivering the Governor’s pledge to the General Officer Commanding GOC Seven Division Major Peter Malla at headquarters of the Division, Maimalari Cantonment, Commissioner for Information and Internal Security, Professor Usman Tar assisted by the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Barrister Mustapha Busuguma appreciated the military for its sacrifice.
“We are here to fulfil the pledge made by His Excellency, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum. You may recall that the Governor was here on a Sallah day for an event, during which he expressed the commitment of the Borno State Government to the welfare of our troops and pledged a donation of N10m to wounded soldiers. This morning he dispatch us to come and deliver the gift.” Professor Tar said.
The Governor expressed commitment to complement the effort of the Federal Government in providing logistics support and improving troops’ welfare.
He also commended the troops for their resilience in protecting the territorial integrity of the country and for maintaining peace in Borno.
Receiving the donation, the General Officer Commanding GOC 7 Division, Major General Peter Malla expressed appreciation to Governor Zulum for the gesture.
“Let me on behalf of Theater Commander welcome you to 7 Division and want also express our appreciation to His Excellency for always supporting the military,” Major General Malla said.
The GOC gave the assurance of sustaining the relative peace enjoyed in the state by eliminating remnants of the insurgents.