Source: Leadership Nigeria/allAfrica
Maj-Gen Joseph Okunbor, the Commander, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Nigerian Army, has warned junior officers who are writing the 2012 Lieutenant-Captain Practical Promotion Examination (LCPPE) to shun examination malpractice.
Okunbor gave the warning in Ota, Ogun, on Sunday in his address to the 276 candidates who sat for the examinations, charging them to prove their competence which would determine their future.
« Examination success should not be obtained by fraudulent means. You must avoid acts capable of tarnishing your image, or terminating your career abruptly while on this examination. »
Okunbor warned them that dismissal was the penalty for candidates caught with cheating; adding that any form of malpractice would attract punishment.
He said the examinations were aimed at improving the knowledge of the officers, to assist the army in career planning and test their ability to administer human resources and other abilities.
« When I was writing the examination in 1981, I did not know I would become a general. So today, I would admonish you all to aspire to be generals. »
While answering questions from journalists, Okunbor said that measures were already in place to ensure that female officers were included in future.
« We just introduced female combatant cadets in the Nigerian Defence Academy and in the next two to three years, they would begin to write this examination. »
He said that the army expected a high degree of integrity, honesty and competence to be exhibited by the candidates.
Okunbor said that the army only made provision for the officers to pass the examinations at a maximum of three sittings or lose their military careers.
The examinations are expected to begin from Feb. 12 to Feb. 17 and the programme is coordinated by 81 Division of the Nigerian Army.
The practical examination is part of the requirement combatant officers need for promotion to the rank of captain and the candidates are drawn from the army formations.