From Ben Dunno, Warri

The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Jamal Abdussalam, has assured that troops conducting operations across the South-South geo-political zone will continue to receive regular combat training to be able to meet the challenges of their primary responsibilities within coverage areas.

Making the assurance in a speech delivered as Special Guest of Honour, at the just concluded 6 Division Inter-Brigade Corporal and Below Competition, held weekend, at 3Battalion barracks, Effurun, Uvwie Local Government area of Delta state, Major General Abdussalam, highlighted the importance of training and re-training of personnel in enhancing professional efficiency on the job.

The 6 Division GOC who was represented at the occasion by Brigadier General Babatunde Omopariola, Chief of Staff, Headquarters 6 Division in Port Harcourt, said the training exercise was in line with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Taoreed Lagbaja, Command Philosophy to build capacity in personnel through regular training programmes.

According to him, “I am delighted to be here as the Special Guest of Honour to witness the culmination of the 6 Division Inter Brigade Corporal and Below Competition which started on the 15 of April 2024.

“It is indeed a remarkable event that has showcased the exceptional talent and abilities of our brave troops.

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“The events competed upon were carefully selected to equip troops with overall military operational skills, these include discipline, adaptability, and teamwork. It also develops coordination and uniformity of movement, which are essential in the battlefield.

“It is also noteworthy to state that competitions like this are very essential for troops, especially within the rank bracket that provides the bulk of force for operations.

“You are aware of the security challenges within our area of operations and the need to remain steadfast in training to improve our operational capacity in order to effectively engage our enemies with force and precision.

“This exercise is in line with the COAS command philosophy which is “To Transform the Nigerian Army into a Well-Trained, Equipped and Highly Motivated,” it concluded.

The four participating teams are 63 Brigade, Asaba, 16 Brigade, Yenagoa, 2 Brigade, Akwa-Ibom and 6 Division, Port Harcourt while the events they competed in include: Drills, Firing, Swimming and Obstacle with 2 Brigade, Akwa-Ibom emerging as the overall best in the competition.