By Chijioke Kingsley
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 3 Division Nigerian Army Maj. Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, has said training and retraining of Soldiers will enhance their skills to better combat insurgency, criminality, kidnapping and banditry.
Gen. Abubakar said the critical importance of regular exercise cannot be overemphasized in the Army formation as it will boost competence of the officers and men.
The Army boss stated this on Monday at the 3 Division Headquarters in Rukuba Barracks near Jos, during the opening ceremony of the Inter-formation competition of Warrant Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers.
Represented by the Chief of Staff 3 Division, Brig. -Gen. Davide Kurmi, the GOC said the competition is primarily designed to train personnel and enhance their competencies and professional performance, considering the security challenges bedeviling the country.
According to him: “The training is in line with the Chief of Army Chief of Army Staff’s Command philosophy to transform the Nigerian Army into a well trained, equipped and highly motivated force towards achieving our constitutional responsibilities in joint operations.
“The completion is also aimed at sharpening the skills and competences of all the participants.
“Competition of this nature is characterized by a win-win situation full of opportunities to train, change the environment and make new friends.
“It also plays an important role in molding and developing the resilience required to win battles which is in line with my vision of readiness, synergy and excellence. I therefore charge you not to consider only winning the trophies but other significant benefits of the competition”, he said.
In his remarks, the Commander 3 Division Garrison, Brig. -Gen. MO Agi said the competition is one of the cardinal pillars of the Nigerian Army training activities in the Division.
Agi said the event amongst other training and exercises is organized to further equip the troops to enhance their general competencies and effectiveness in the discharge of their constitutional roles.
Our correspondent reports that participants were drawn from 6 Infantry Brigade Jalingo Taraba, 23 Armoured Brigade Yola, 33 Artillery Brigade Bauchi, 3 Division Garrison Jos, 43 Engineer Brigade and 53 Signal Brigade 3 Division.