Soldiers take action to sanitize Ogun market and improve drainage amid cholera outbreak

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The soldiers cleaning Lafenwa market on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, soldiers from the 35 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Alamala, undertook a sanitation drive at Lafenwa market in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of Ogun State as part of activities marking the 2024 Nigerian Army Day celebration.

The troops were actively engaged in sweeping through the market and clearing drainage systems to improve hygiene and prevent the spread of diseases like cholera.

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Brigadier General Mohammed Aminu, Commander of the 35 Artillery Brigade, highlighted the importance of the exercise, emphasizing its role in supporting the local community and promoting public health. Represented by Garrison Commander Colonel Legborsi Nule, Aminu underscored the military’s commitment to contributing positively to society.

He stressed, “Military personnel are integral members of the community and actively contribute to the nation’s progress. Given the recent cholera outbreak, cleaning the market area was essential. This is where we buy our food; it must be kept clean.”

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Aminu further explained that the annual sanitation initiative, conducted nationwide, aims to demonstrate solidarity with host communities and enhance environmental conditions.

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“We observed the market’s deteriorating cleanliness and felt compelled to assist the civil authorities. It’s crucial for us to show that as military personnel, we are not just defenders but also active participants in our society’s development,” he added.

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