In furtherance of its support for infrastructural development in the military barracks in the Niger Delta region, the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has completed two one-storey buildings, with a total of 52 one-bedroom flats, at the144 Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Asa, Ukwa-West Local Government Area of Abia State. The commission is also building a detached bungalow for the commanding officer of the battalion.
The two projects located in the barracks were inspected on Wednesday by top officials of the NDDC, led by the Managing Director, Sir (Barr) Bassey Dan-Abia, in the company of the Commanding Officer 144 Battalion, Lt. Col. Rasheed Omolori.
The NDDC boss assured the commanding officer that the two blocks of flats and the commander’s quarters would be commissioned in a few weeks time. He underlined the fact that housing was one of the fundamental needs of man, noting that soldiers deserved to be accommodated in decent buildings.
Barr. Dan-Abia commended members of the armed forces for making sacrifices for the peace and security of the country and pledged that the NDDC would continue to provide support in the area of social infrastructure for the military units in the Niger Delta. According to him, “meeting the basic human need for shelter is very important even for soldiers. More importantly, the commander cannot afford not to be properly sheltered.”
On his part, the Commanding Officer of the144 Battalion, Lt. Col. Omolori thanked NDDC for its concern for the welfare of soldiers operating in the Niger Delta. He also applauded the commission for its development efforts and assured of adequate security in the region.
It would be recalled that the NDDC built a 30-flat complex for the II Brigade Nigeria Army, Port Harcourt barracks. The commission also built a similar block of flats at the 343 Artillery Regiment, Elele Barracks in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.