The state Deputy Governor Mr. Charles Ya’u Iliya has commended the Nigerian Army for constructing a mini water project in Gelengu of Balanga Local Government Area as part of their civil-military relations project.

The Deputy Governor, who made the commendation during the commissioning of the project yesterday by the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Buratai at Gelengu, also commended the Army for the feat achieved in keeping peace and security in the country.

Mr. Charles ya’u Iliya who said the efforts of the Army in the protection of lives and properties and projects that touches the lives of the people have given them acceptance, also pointed out that their achievement has made the people secured and can now sleep with their eyes closed.

He thanked the Chief of Army Staff for the choice of the project in Gelengu, Gombe State, assuring him that government shall continue to give the needed support to the military and other security operatives for the bettering of their lives of the people.

Speaking shortly before the commissioning the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai explained that the military embarked on such projects to earned them confidence of the people.

He further explained that the gesture was to prove that the military does not only protect lives and properties but to provide means of sustaining lives hence the provision of water which is very essential to life.

The Chief of Army Staff said similar projects were executed in Imo, Delta, Edo and Enugu states while that of Zamfara and Yobe state are ongoing, pointing out that the choice of Gelengu was influenced by Major General Ahmadu Duwandi who hails from the place congratulating the people for having a son that has concern for his people.

In his address of welcome, the Chairman Balanga Local Government Area, Bakari Keltuma thanked the military for siting the projects in Gelengu, nothing that it will go a long way in reducing problem of perennial water shortage in the area, saying the memories shall remain indelible in their hearts.

Highlight of the occasion was the commissioning of the project.