The 82 Division of the Nigerian army on Wednesday held environmental sanitation as part of activities marking the official commencement of Atilogwu Udo I billed to kick off on November 1 in the South-East Zone.
The clean-up exercise took place at Holy Ghost to Old Park in Enugu north local government area of the state.
The exercise is part of the civil-military-corporation activities designed by the 82 division in support of its host community.
The General Officer Commanding, GOC, 82 Division Brigadier-General Lasisi Adegboye led officers and soldiers from the division to the exercise.
Debris and blocked drainages were evacuated by the troops at Ogbete main market down to Old Park and supervised by the GOC.
Reacting to the development, Chairman, Ogbete Main Market Traders Association, OMMATA, Okechukwu Eze, represented by the Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Eke commended the army for the gesture.
He assured that OMMATA executive will work towards sustaining the initiative so as to keep the area clean at all times.
Some traders and transporters who spoke in separate interviews said the exercise carried out by the army has regain their confidence in the military and called on other sister security agencies and corporate bodies to emulate the gesture.
Mr Obinna Onyeachulam, a driver with a motor-park in Holy Ghost, lauded the Nigeria Army for the gesture that had allowed breathing fresh air in the area.
“As it is now, the clean-up has made everywhere neat and dislodged rodents breeding in the area for some time now,’’ Onyeachulam said.
A trader, Mr Francis Ugwoke, appreciated the army for the clean-up especially as taking care of the dumpsite close to his trading shed.
The 82 Division band was on the ground to motivate the troops with scintillating performance.
Officials from other sister security agencies including the Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corp, NSCDC, Department of State Security and the Police were also at the exercise.