Government House, Owerri
Imo state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has enjoined officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice in discharging their duties.
Gov Okorocha, who stated this at the Annual Training programme of Chaplian Services [Roman Catholic] held at Catholic Pastoral Centre, Owerri, stated that sacrifice has become expedient in the quest to move the nation forward.
The governor lauded the commitment exhibited by the Nigerian Army in defending the nation’s nascent democracy during the last general elections, even as he attributed the triumph of democracy in Imo state to the neutrality of the army during the exercise.
He stated that the sacrifice of reducing the security vote from N6.5b to N2.5b appropriated to the office of the governor and other privileged top government officials is in line with his determination to move Imo state forward, adding that such sacrifice has not been exhibited by no other governor in the history of the country.
He however, commended the Nigerian Army for the programme and further underscored significance of chaplaincy in institutions which he admitted has always encouraged good behavior.
Earlier, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Azubuike Ihejirika, said that Nigerian Army has always maintained religious cohesion and tolerance in the barracks.
He explained that programme is designed to ensure counseling for good conduct as well as transform the life style of officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army.
The Theme of the programme, he said is “The Role of the Chaplaincy [Roman Catholic] in Transforming the Nigerian Army into a Force Better Able to meet Contemporary challenges”.
SA Media [Print]
For SSA Media
9th November, 2011