By Nelson Agbajor
As part of efforts to contribute to the security architecture of Delta State, the Nigerian Army recently solicited land to build its barracks in Koko community of Warri North Local Government Area of the state.
This development was contained in a request after the Army Unit, 19 Battalion, Koko, was upgraded to a full Command known as 90 Amphibious Battalion, Koko, as a means of strengthening its operations in the area.
On his part, the Commanding Officer of the new Battalion, Major Joshua Ajongbo, said that the creation of the new Command in Koko was one of the many innovations of the Nigerian Army, adding that the acquisition of land in Koko by the Nigeria Army to build barracks, would solve accommodation issues for the soldiers, and avail them the opportunity of having their families with them.
Similarly, the Olare-Aja of Koko, Pa. Richmond Atsenuwa, said that he would ensure the Command was given a suitable land in the community, stating that the presence of an Army barracks would not only impact the socio-economic life of the area but also enhance security in the area.
Atsenuwa emphasised that Koko community had, over time, enjoyed the robust relationship with the Nigeria Army, adding that Koko would always remain a home for the Army.
It would be recalled that Koko community in contributing to the security of the nation, last year provided the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps, NCDC, with a parcel of land to build its base.
The community is expected to replicate the same gesture the Nigerian Army, Koko in Delta State.