As part of Civil -Military Cooperation activities of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), on Wednesday 17 May 2023, some agricultural equipment were handed over to farmers in Kukawa, Baga which is in Borno state Nigeria by the Force Commander MNJTF Maj Gen GU Chibuisi. In his remarks, the FC who was represented by the Deputy Force Commander Brig Gen Assoualai Blama commended the African Union (AU) for its unrelenting support geared towards addressing challenges of insecurities in the Lake Chad Basin region. He pointed out that the gesture was aimed at engaging the youths in activities that would be beneficial to them. He added that such activities will in turn strengthen the local economy of the communities in the Lake Chad Basin region and enjoined the youths to shun activities that will jeopardize the peace and stability of the areas.
- Earlier in his welcome address, the Commander 403 Amphibious Brigade Brig Gen OA Ajagbe thanked the MNJTF for providing the equipment which according to him will contribute to the growth and prosperity of the agricultural sector and boost food production in the area. He noted that agriculture plays a crucial role in the economy of the communities by engaging the youths which in turn keeps them away from evil vices such as terrorism and Insurgency. Gen Ajagbe extended his gratitude to the African Union in its commitment towards regional peace and security. He also acknowledged the support of Headquarters Sector 3 MNJTF as well as the entire Baga community for their cooperation.
In attendance at the event were the Head of AU- MST Mr Abdou Mahame, Chief J9 HQ MNJTF Col Idris Oke, Community head of Kukawa Lt Commander Kyati (Rtd), Chairman Kukawa Farmers Association Alhaji Ladan, staff of HQ MNJTF and AU-MST among others.
Highlights of the event were a presentation of the agricultural equipment to the community.
See attached photographs.
Chief Military Public Information Officer MNJTF
18 May 2023