To tackle insecurity in the nation, the Nigerian Army has revealed that it has begun training for its personnel within the 81 Division area of responsibility to improve their combat fitness and professional competence.
In a four-day training hosted by the 9 Brigade, Ikeja tagged ‘2021 Combat Proficiency Competition’, featured officers within the second lieutenant and significant ranks. The General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Maj. Gen. Lawrence Fejokwu stated that the competition was in line with the Chief of Army Staff’s vision. He said this in his opening speech at the Nigerian Army firing range in Owode, Ogun State.
Brig. Gen. Uwakwe Aja, who represented the GOC, Commander, 81 Division Ordinance Services, quoted Fejokwu saying: “The essence of this exercise is not far-fetched. It is just training. In the Nigerian Army, we train and retrain to perform creditably well whenever we go out there.
“By this combat proficiency competition, every participating officer will be acquainted with their routine work without fear or favour. For instance, the Striping/Assembling/Firing section will enable personnel to aim accurately at targets.
“Your coming here is not only to compete but to have it in mind that whenever you are called upon, you will have to perform effectively and efficiently well. You know the situation we are facing in this country, when you are called upon, you must go all out, get our victory and return.”
In a related development, the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd), has called for special recognition for royal fathers in the nation to promote unity across Nigeria.
He stated that the Olowu-Kuta in Ayedire Local Government Area of Osun state, Oba Adekunle Oyelude is a bridge-builder worthy of emulation.
He stated this through the former Army spokesperson, Brig. Gen.
Kukasheka Usman, at the induction of Oba Oyelude as the Life Patron of Osun State Broadcasting Corporation’s Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in Osogbo.
According to him: “I call for more recognition of our royal fathers and traditional rulers in the society given the immense role they play in the community. This will enhance more understanding, peace and security in our country.
“Oba Adekunle Oyelude has been a father to all and a bridge builder whose quest for peace and development in his kingdom and Nigeria is unparalleled Buratai added.