Source: The Sunday Observer
The Nigerian Army at the weekend reiterated that it was combat ready to meet the nation’s contemporary security challenges.
Maj.-Gen. Kenneth Minnimah, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Victoria Island, Lagos disclosed this in his remarks at the closing ceremony of the 4-day Inter-Group Combat Proficiency Competition of the 81 Division, 2011.
“It is, therefore, incumbent on all officers that participated in this competition to take the lessons they have learnt back to their respective units to ensure improved output.
“This competition is designed to enable the Army to adapt to the Chief of Army Staff’s vision of meeting the country’s contemporary challenges,” Minnimah said.
The GOC, who was represented by the Commander, 9 Brigade, Ikeja, Brig.-Gen. Sanusi Muazu, noted that the competition was designed to serve as the culmination of individual training which started with Warrant Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned personnel.
“It became crucial for the lower cadre of the officer corps to be well exercised to ensure that this rank bracket on which the Nigerian Army relies for its task executions was well trained to discharge their duties.
“In the last four days, we have witnessed officers from the rank of Second Lieutenant to Major compete in the five events of Communication Skills, Skills at Arms, Physical fitness/Obstacle Crossing, Map Reading and Combat Swimming,” he stressed.
Minnimah said that the competition for Corporals and below earlier postponed would now hold in October, while the Army Annual Sports would also come up soon.
Speaking to newsmen after the closing ceremony, Brig.-Gen. Muazu expressed optimism that the training would go a long way to assist the officers during military operations.
“It is a gradual process for our men to ensure that at every level, we carry out the training. I am happy with the standard and performance of the officers. All the Units under 81 Division participated in the training.
“All participants should not relax as training is a continuous thing. It is the best welfare any commander can give to his troops. Therefore, it is when you train that you have less casualties during military operations,” Muazu added.