By Henry Oladele
Lagos – The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army on Monday inaugurated its Operation Planning Cadre training aimed at enhancing its capabilities in warfare.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that about 100 officers were participating in the one-weeklong training.
Opening the training in Lagos, Maj.-Gen. Babatunde Oyefolu, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division, said that the army was faced with unconventional and less-predictable operating environment.
“The continuous tasking of the army on many fronts make us invaluable asset not only to our dear country, but to the African continent in general.
“Nigeria expects a lot from the army, hence, our resolve to ensure that we are constantly training and equipping ourselves in order to stay professionally competent.
“This is also in order to respond effectively to situations as they arise in our roles and task,” the GOC said.
He said the army was reorganising in line with the standard of current threat perception and requirement for effective performance of its roles as enshrined in the constitution.
Oyefolu said the training was aimed at improving the planning capability of commanders and staff officers within the division’s area of responsibility.
“This is also aimed at conveniently competing with other counterparts globally,” he said.
According to the GOC, the training is focusing on Maneuverist Approach to Warfare, Estimate Process and Contemporary Operations within Nigeria.
Oyefolu said the operation planning cadre was meant to enhance the operational planning capacity of junior and middle cadre officers of the 81 Division.
He urged the officers to be vigilant and cautious of their environment and report any strange movement around their vicinity to appropriate staff officers of the division.