The Commander Training and Doctrine Command Nigerian Army(TRADOC NA ) ,  Major General Kevin Aligbe on Thursday 28 September 2023 commissioned the newly remodelled Army Children School in Minna Military Cantonment. The project which is one of the numerous projects the Commander embarked on assumption of duty at Headquarters TRADOC NA  is geared towards providing  condusive learning environment in the Cantonment. 

Speaking during the event, the Commander said  the remodelling  of the school is to provide a condusive learning environment for pupils and staff of the school geared towards development of training as contained in one of the tripods of the  command philosophy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TA Lagbaja which is hinged on troops welfare and motivation. He thanked the Chief of Army Staff for providing the resources to embark the projects.

General  Aligbe  added that education remains key  to national  development even as he charged pupils and staff to make good use of facilities and materials provided  to improve thier knowleged. According to Commander TRADOC. NA Nigerian  Army "the importance of education  cannot be over-emphasized as it helps to reduce poverty  and illiteracy in the society. Therefore , the children who will pass through this school deserved the best as we prepare them for leadership positions tomorrow. If we allow these children to graduate from a dilapitated environment such as it was , it could have affected the psyche of the children. The Commander further observed that of the over 3800 students/pupils schooling in Minna Military Cantonment, 75 percent come from the neighboring communities. 

He used the occasion to launch the TRADOC NA Educational  Support Programme for the nursery, primary and secondary schools in the Cantonment by providing school materials for the entire 2023/24 session. Donations of educational materials  were to the NAOWA ChildrenSchool,  Army Children School, Command Children School  and  Government Army Day Secondry school all in  Minna  Military  Cantonment . Items donated included exercise  books, pencils, rulers, biros among others. 

Gen Aligbe also introduced Spelling Bee and scrabble competitions to encourage academic activities in the schools. 

Earlier in his welcome address, the Headmaster of Army Children School Minna Military Cantonment,  , Mr Bawa Usman applauded the Commander for coming to the aid of the school. He said the efforts will rejuvenate teachers efforts towards academic excellence.

It could be recalled that the Commander on assumption of duty embarked on numerous projects to give the Cantonment a face lift.

Highlights of the event were  the official cutting of the commissioning tape  and group photograph.

Lieutenant Colonel 
Acting Deputy Director Army Public Relations

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