By ABIRHIRE THOMAS
Governor of Delta State, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, has expressed appreciation to the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in the country for their fight against oil theft and sundry crimes.
Oborevwori gave the commendation at the 2023 combined West African Social Activities (WASA) for Headquarters 63 Brigade and 181 Amphibious Battalion, held at the 181 Amphibious Battalion New Barracks, Alifikede, Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of the state.
Governor Oborevwori, who was represented by the State Commissioner for Works (Rural and Riverine Roads), Mr Charles Aniagwu, said the efforts of the Army and other sister security agencies have helped to maintain peace and phenomenal growth of infrastructure as well as unity across the state.
He said the success story of the Oborevwori administration cannot be told without the collaboration of the Army, the Police and other sister security agencies.
He said, “I am delighted to be in your midst today at as Special Guest of Honour for the year 2023 West African Social Activities for the Headquarters 63 Brigade and 181 Amphibious Battalion.
“The tradition of WASA dates back to the days of the Royal West African Frontier Force when troops and their families come together at the end of the year to socialise and celebrate the achievements of their formations or units for that year.
“I am proud to say with all confidence that officers and soldiers of Headquarters 63 Brigade and 181 Amphibious Battalion as well as their families have given a good account of themselves in the true spirit of WASA.
“The year 2023 was an eventful year characterised by challenges and successes. Worthy of note is the gallant performance and sacrifice of the personnel towards the fight against oil theft, sundry crimes and the successful conduct of the 2023 General elections among other operations and assignments.
“Therefore, I commend you for the sacrifices towards ensuring an enduring peace across the state and I must sincerely appreciate the Commander 63 Brigade and his wonderful team for this,” he stated.
Oborevwori, while urging the officers and soldiers to remain loyal and committed to their duties, assured the Army of the continued support of the State Government and paid special tribute to fallen heroes who paid the supreme price to keep the country safe and united.
In his opening remarks, the Chief host and Commander 63 Brigade Asaba, Brig. Gen. S. Aliyu said WASA is aimed at bringing the soldiers and their families together to celebrate the activities of the year.
He said the exercise helps soldiers and their families to bond together through the display of various cultural activities
Brig. Gen. Aliyu said the Brigade will continue to ensure the welfare of soldiers in the performance of their duties and commended Governor Oborevwori, the General Officer Commanding 6 Division Port-Harcourt and the Chief of Army Staff for their support.
Welcoming guests earlier, Commanding Officer of the 181 Amphibious Battalion, Agbor, Lt. Col. A. N. Abubakar, said the exercise was one of the activities organised annually to celebrate the successes recorded by the Army during the year.
The celebration featured various cultural groups,the Korobo dancers from Kano state,the traditional Urhobo Ema dancers from Abraka ,the Ijaw cultural groups from Patani both from delta state and the famous Tug-of-War draw, stripping and assembling of AK-49 rifle, with MC Asamale of Quest FM radio with his lovely wife in full performance.
Highlights of the day was the official inspection of varieties of local foods with all the Coy Heads standing by their stands,the where Support,Admin, Charlie,Bravo,Alfa and H/Qs.
To crown it up in WASA 2023 ushering in the 2024 activities of the ceremony was the” burn fire”.