Army celebrates WASA in Lagos

L-R: Wives of soldiers and Army Personnel in a tug of war battle during the West African Social Activities (WASA) organised by the Nigerian Army Engineer at 65 Battalion in Lagos.

The Nigerian Army has urged its personnel to redouble efforts in tackling insecurity in the country while celebrating the West African Social Activities (WASA) in Lagos.

The former Corps Commander, Army Engineer, Maj.-Gen Funso Owonibi, (rtd.), made the appeal at the 2018 WASA celebration which ended late on Saturday at the 65 Battalion, Bonny Camp, Lagos.

WASA is an annual army event aimed at promoting team spirits and confidence within and outside the barracks.

It is also a forum for informal and social interaction and an avenue for the barrack community to showcase the rich and diverse cultures of the country.

“As we traditionally pull the curtains on 2018 and step into a new training year. I want to encourage you to double up your efforts especially in the face of the myriad challenges facing the nation.

“The Nigerian Army is indeed the hope of the nation and you are lucky to be a vital part of that noble force. Stay focused, go the extra mile, fight to win and bring back the-glepyla for our beloved Corps,” Owonibi said.

He also reiterated that the WASA traditions promote regimentation and strengthen the bonds of friendship among personnel and their families.

He thanked every family and civilian friends for their continuous cooperation and support, while also looking forward to a prosperous new training year.

Earlier, the Corps Commander, Nigerian Army Engineer, Maj.-Gen. John Malu, said that the occasion also provided an avenue to recognise hardworking personnel, aimed at encouraging the culture of hard work among troops.

“I must sincerely thank our own indefatigable Chief of Army Staff, (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, for his direction and continuous support to the Corps of Engineers.

“I also pay my tribute to our fallen heroes who paid the supreme price to keep the country safe,” he said.

The colourful event featured tug of war, dances by cultural groups as well as presentation of gifts and awards to distinguished soldiers and guests.

Top serving and retired military officers and captains of industry graced to the occasion.