The Army is conducting educational, medical and sanitation outreaches in areas where ‘Exercise Crocodile Smile II’ operation is going on.
Col. Aminu Iliyasu, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 6 Division, Port Harcourt, said that the clean-up was a humanitarian exercise of the Army within its Areas of Responsibility ( AOR ).
Iliyasu said the Army had always been involved in humanitarian activities as its contribution to the society as well as to build confidence among the populace.
Mr Glory Nnokam, Deputy Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers ( NURTW ), Npkolu-Oroworukwo Motor Park, Mile 3, Port Harcourt, commended the Army’s gesture.
“We are very surprised that they are here to clean the park for us, this is quite commendable.
“You can see that people are not running because sanitation is good, and we are happy,” he said.
Nnokam said that it was wrong for people to perceive the Nigerian Army as a wicked institution, adding that if the Army personnel were inhuman, they would not clean up the park.
Chief Godwin Emenike, First Trustee, NURTW, Mile 3 Park, said that he was happy with what officers and men of the 6 Division had done.
“You can see me, I’m sweating because when they came and said they were for sanitation, I started mobilising wheel barrows, shovels and brooms for them to work with.
“They are really cleaning the place very well, I am very happy and wish they will do this again in the future,” Emenike said.
He said that only criminals would run away when they saw the Army.
“When they came, I went to them and asked why were they in the park and they said they wanted to clean our environment.
“You can see the women helping them too, the Army is here for good,” he said.