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By NBF News

The Minister of Defence, Mr. Adetokunbo Kayode has appealed to the people of Anambra State to be thankful to Governor Peter Obi for his commitment to the development of the state.

This, he said, was evident in his persistent insistence on the good of the state in Abuja. The minister made this appeal at the weekend while laying the foundation stone of the perimeter fence of Onitsha Military Cantonment. The project followed approval of President Goodluck Jonathan to the requests by Governor Peter Obi for perimeter fence.

Performing the ceremony, Mr. Kayode noted that the cordial and fruitful relationship between President Jonathan and Governor Obi was yielding a lot of people-oriented dividends among which was an express order of the president to commence the perimeter fence project immediately.

He noted that though the governor did not belong to the political party at the centre, he had continued to attract priorities of the Federal Government. He assured that the project which would commence immediately and completed within 90 days. He also urged the state government and the army engineers to ensure strict supervision of the project.

Governor Obi, while thanking the president for prompt response to his request, recalled that he started appealing for the project several years ago without response from previous administrations noting that the project was important both to the state and the Cantonment.

He thanked the Federal Government for involving the state in the project and disclosed that the state government would also execute some projects in the Cantonment to compliment efforts of the Federal Government.

Earlier, the General Officer Commanding the 82 Division, Major-General Muhammed Isah said the open Cantonment had continued to expose the troops and vital facilities to security risk and had remained a centre of controversy on allegation that it offered escape route to robbers and miscreants.

He described the project as the fruit of Governor Obi's efforts and strong presentation to the president.

In his remarks, the Commanding Officer, 14 Engineering Regiment, Colonel Mark Mamman thanked Governor Obi and President Jonathan for the project and their continued support and assured they will reciprocate by working assiduously in the interest of the country.