By Ini Billie, Uyo
The Nigerian Army, 2 Brigade has opened a desk for human rights to foster civil – military relationship in the State.
The human rights desk, which was opened to receive complaints and information from the public, is already operational.
Speaking on Wednesday after the brigade had finished a clean up exercise at Akpan Andem market in Uyo, Commander of 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Brig.- Gen. Abdu Hassan, said the cleaning exercise was part of activities to mark the 2018 Nigerian Army Day Celebration in the state.
Promising that the army would continue to ensure peace and harmony with the civil society, Hassan said, “In terms of civil military relation, Nigerian Army has performed very well.
“We have established human rights desk and we try to reach out to the host community that we operate. I can tell you, the response has been tremendous in my office and that of human rights.
“People actually come in, some with complaints, some with information and we also have phone numbers that we have distributed to the civil populace; of course we have been receiving phone calls, at times at night and even odd hours.
“The celebration today, is another way of reaching out to the host community to show them that we are part and parcel of the society and we appreciate them.
“We have also selected about three schools from three Local Government Areas in the state, that we are going to give educational material to the children as part of activities marking the Nigerian Army Day Celebration”.
Also speaking, Chairman, Akpan Andem market, Mr Emmanuel Samson, who commended the Nigerian Army for coming to keep the market clean despite their military position stated, “I have been seeing the army at a very long distance, but today I am surprised for what they have done; I have known and associated the army with shooting.
“Today is very different, I have not seen army working this way before, going inside the gutter to clear the rubbish. In fact, we commend them for the effort in reaching out to us today.”