COAS Commission’s Blocks of Accommodation, Fire Station, for Improved Welfare of Troops in Lagos


The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja has commissioned a newly constructed Fire Station at Bonny Cantonment. The Army Chief noted that the Fire station became necessary to ensure the safety of lives and properties in the cantonment. He added that the station would also serve to support emergency and response agencies, when the need arises.

A press statement signed by Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director, Army Public Relations on Monday, September 9, 2023 said that  similarly, the COAS has equally inaugurated newly constructed 30 blocks of flats to accommodate soldiers of the rank Corporal and below at 174 Battalion, Odogunyan Barracks, Ikorodu, Lagos state. According to the COAS, the project was executed to improve the welfare of troops and that of their families.

Other projects commissioned by the COAS in the barracks are three renovated and remodeled 12 units Corporal Below Quarters. The commissioning of the housing projects ignited moments of electrifying joy, as soldiers and their families, who witnessed the commissioning of the housing projects cheered in appreciation.

Speaking during the commissioning ceremony, General Lagbaja stated that he was particularly impressed, seeing the quality of work done and expressed optimism that the projects will no doubt, stand the test of time.

All after the project inauguration, the COAS also addressed troops of 81 Division, charging them to be law abiding and ensure compliance with the laws of Lagos State. The COAS assured the troops that their welfare and that of their families will not be taken for granted under his administration. He further called on the troops to remain committed in the fight against insecurity in their areas of responsibility.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Maj Gen Mohammed Usman, who had earlier briefed the COAS on the security situation of the Division’s area of responsibility, expressed appreciation for his support to the Division. He assured the COAS of the Division’s commitment to Nigerian Army’s mission by loyally keying to the COAS’ Command Philosophy.