Nigerian Army renames canteen after late female soldier

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The Nigerian Army has renamed the Army War College Canteen after late female soldier Sgt. Folusho Fagbemiro who served in the canteen and died in active service in June.

At the ceremony on Tuesday in Abuja, chief of army staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya said the posthumous recognition of the late soldier was a demonstration of his resolve to reward excellence, loyalty and dedication.

The army chief  who was represented by commander, Corps of Supply and Transport (NAST), Maj.-Gen. Bolaji Salami, described the late Fagbemiro as a dedicated and loyal personnel, hence the need for the recognition.

“I believe this singular gesture will go a long way to inspire others. With the unveiling today, of Sgt. Fagbemiro canteen, we express our feelings of her fund memories and gratitude for her service.

“We pray for God to continue to bless the memory of Sgt. Fagbemiro and shelter our family in his everlasting grace,” he said.

The commandant, AWCN, Maj.Gen. Solomon Uduonwa, said the late sergeant was of NAST, served in the college’s catering department with distinction before her demise in June.

Uduonwa, who was represented by the director, war and strategy, AWCN, Brig-Gen. Umar Alkali, said that it was in recognition of her exemplary service that the college proposed to Army Headquarters to immortalise her.

He said that the event goes beyond the symbolic unveiling of the canteen named also an affirmation of gratitude that the college felt for the late sergeant.

According to him, the event was an honour and to keep alive the legacy for her enormous contributions to the college and the Nigerian army in general.

Widower of the late Fagbemiro, Sunday Michael, thanked the college and army chief for honouring his wife.