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Army stages marathon for barracks children in Lagos

By Joshua Olalekan, Lagos
The Nigerian Army School of Medical Sciences has organised its maiden marathon for children in various barracks across Lagos State in a bid to addressing misconceptions about such children.
The school’s commandant, Brig. -Gen. Solomon David, said the initiative was in put together in conjunction with MummyMay, a Non Governmental Organisation, to let people know that something good could come out of the barracks.
Addressing participants and guests, David said, “We hear of barracks children are bad, but we also want to show that the best things can come out of the barracks. It may interest all of us to know that I am also a barracks child and it is an example to let you know that something good could come out of the barracks.
“The Chief of Army staff (COAS), Lt. -Gen. Tukur Buratai, we all know, has a vision for us all, which is to be professionally responsive, militarily and medically.
He said the COAS had also told them that the army did not need unfit soldiers, and this led to the idea of keeping fit.
“These are our children; they see us every day, which might motivate them to join the army. So, let them know that from today, one has to keep fit to be in the army,” he said.
The commandant also urged the public to assist in the best way they could, in catering for the families of the soldiers who lay down their lives for the country.
He said that as a baby of the Federal Government, a soldier could be moved anywhere and could even die in the process of defending the nation.
David urged civilians to, therefore, key into any opportunity through which they could assist families of military personnel.
In all, over 100 children from age 12-17 participated in the marathon race with Patrick Miapkop, Philip Kanang and Ibrahim Sheri, all 17 years of age, emerging winners as first, second and third respectively in the male category.
In the girls’ category, the first three positions went to Abigail Edache, 14, Praise Umoh, 12 and Chidinma Ikechukwu, 13.

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