By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT— Newly established 2 Brigade in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has promised improved security of lives and properties of residents of the state as it celebrated the annual West Africa Social Activities, WASA.
The Brigade Commander, Brigadier- General Hamisu Hassan, gave the assurance at the event at Wellington Bassey Barracks, Abak Local Government Area in the state.
He said WASA was a yearly social exercise in the army where soldiers and civilians come together to celebrate, explaining that this year’s celebration was unique because it was the first to be celebrated by the brigade since it relocated from Port Harcourt to Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
It will be recalled that the 2 Brigade which was in Port Harcourt was moved to Uyo on December 12, 2016.
Brigadier-General Hamisu commended soldiers and officers of the command for their discipline, assuring that the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai would continue to give their welfare special attention.
“WASA is a social tradition in the Nigerian Army where soldiers, their family members and civilians come together to celebrate. This year’s WASA is unique because we are barely three months old in Uyo as 2 Brigade”, he said.
Deputy governor of the state, Mr Moses Ekpo, thanked the Federal Government for establishing the brigade in the state, promising that the state government would give it all the support.
Represented by Mr Emma Udom, the deputy governor also thanked the Federal Government for bringing a Command Secondary School to the state.
Various ethnic nationalities showcased their cultural dances at the event. There was also tug of war competition between soldiers of the brigade and the newly established 6 Division in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, corps members serving in 2 Brigade and other groups.