The Deputy Governor of Cross River state, Rt. Hon. Peter Odey, extended commendations to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. T. A. Lagbaja, for his leadership role in enhancing national security during the commissioning of the Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Project in Bedia Community. Representing Governor Sen. Prince Bassey Edet Otu, Rt. Hon. Peter Odey praised the Army’s efforts and urged the consideration of transforming Bedia Community Commercial School into a Command Secondary School for broader education and training opportunities NEGROIDHAVEN has garnered.
Hon. Peter Odey highlighted Maj. Gen. EAP Undiandeye’s significant contributions to Cross River and the nation, emphasizing the recent honor bestowed upon the General by the state Governor. The Deputy Governor expressed pride in Gen. Undiandeye’s achievements and called for continued collaboration with the Army for the betterment of the region.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. T. A. Lagbaja, shared insights into the CIMIC project, emphasizing its role in advancing security and socioeconomic objectives. He commended the active pursuit of education for all as a means to achieve peace, justice, freedom, and equality.
The project, sponsored by the Chief of Army Staff, encompassed the construction of a new science building, the reconstruction of a hall named after Late Major UJ Undiandeye, and an Administrative Block. Additionally, a borehole, solar lights, and a Computer-Based Test (CBT) Block for WAEC and JAMB, contributed by a Bedia native, were part of the initiative.
Maj. Gen. Undiandeye expressed gratitude for the Army’s support in providing educational opportunities for Bedia children. The event, attended by members of the State Executive Council, APC State Chairman Barr. Alphonsus Eba, and other dignitaries, featured the commissioning of completed facilities, mementos presentation, and cultural performances.