From MOHAMMED ABDULLAHI, Keffi
In an effort to bring unity and to assistance to the downtrodden, the Chairman. Board of Trustees of the 81 Battalion Old Boys and Girls Association of Nigeria (BOBGA), Lt. Col. John Aboh, retired has appealed to the Nigeria Army Officers Wives (NAOWA) to extend their good hands of fellowship to the children of the country’s falling heroes or retired soldiers in order to encourage them to face the challenges of life in all ramifications.
Col. Aboh made the appeal while speaking with newsmen during the association’s third convention held at the new Keffi Hotel, Nasarawa State during the weekend, saying that the negative perspective of people towards barracks boys and girls need to be addressed, saying they are the most discipline children ready to contribute their quota towards the development of the country.
He stated that the Army Day Secondary School 18 Battalion Barracks formally in Keffi was established by him and one Col. Zupai of blessed memory in 1993, adding that they have tried to invite the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) to come, but it was not possible maybe due to exigency to duties.
”They can bring in certain things like learning of trades. In the areas of recruitments they can give them extra advantage to enable the army children to represent their parents who suffered to make this country one. As I am speaking to you now I have bullets in my body,so if my child goes to interview or recruitment with all the necessary impetus in the army and is not taken do you think I will be happy. I will not be happy,”he stated.
Col. Aboh, who said he was among the members of 30 regular course of Nigeria Defense Academy, therefore advised the association to shun acts of dishonesty that could bring disunity amongst the members of the association, saying that the association’s watch word is to assist themselves.
He therefore congratulated the association for registering with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), noting that it was a major step forward in its activities.
On his part the President of the Association Sc. Al. Aliyu (Lulu KK) explained that the aims and objectives of the association include: to advance and encourage the welfare, education and social reinforcement of its members, to liaise with other organizations, 81 Aborigines, government and non government organizations to advance the cause of 81BN Barracks Boys and Girls Association both at home and in the diaspora among others.
According to him, the association has purchased a land worth N3.5million to establish gainful projects for the unemployed and also spent some meaningful sum of money for charity.
Highlights of the occasion included presentations of lectures, presentations of honorarium and unveiling of the association’s logo, T-shirt and 81 BOBGA CAC.