The Nigerian Army on Saturday distributed palliatives to Vulnerable persons in Igoh community, Upper Ekenhua in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo.
Brig.-Gen Usman Bello, Commander, 4 Brigade, Benin, who distributed the palliatives on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai, said the exercise was part of activities to mark the 2020 Army Day celebration.
Bello said that the COAS took cognisance of the vulnerable people in the community in particular and the society at large as well as widows of military personnel in the Ekenhua cantonment. He said that they constituted the worst hit by the various restriction and protocol adopted by government to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
He said it was in view of this that the COAS decided to reach out to them in order to cushion the effect of hardship occasioned by COVID-19. He noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about loss of jobs to many as well as economic crunch in the society.
He further said that the exercise was simultaneously going on across all Army units and formations across the country. He noted that the Army Day was an annual event celebrated in honour of Nigerians who have paid the supreme sacrifice in defence of the country.