The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen  Mayirenso Saraso, said the army will continue to build the  capacity of its officers and men, to enable them surmount the emerging security threats.

The GOC stated this at a three-day capacity building for 1 Division Operations Planning Cadre 2024 for officers, on Monday, in Kaduna.

Saraso said the avenue was to bring together the participants of the ranks of Captains to Colonels in the division’s area of responsibility, to build cohesion and synergise with sister security agencies.

“The training is organised to refresh us on the various aspects of operations planning process in order to enhance our skills and improve capacity in single and joint service operations planning process,” he said.

The GOC said this was in line with the Chief of

Army Staff’s command philosophy.

“It is to transform the Nigerian Army into a well-trained, equipped and highly motivated force towards achieving our constitutional responsibilities within a joint environment. As we are all witnessing, warfare is becoming increasingly complex due to changes in the nature of threats and advancement in technology.

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“In view of this, armies world over, are continually engaged in training and capacity building to enable them surmount emerging security challenges,” Saraso said.

The GOC said the army equally recognises these changes and, therefore, seeks to develop capacity through realistic training that will enhance its operations.

He explained that the division’s experiences in Birnin Gwari, Falgore, Kagara and other forests, among others, had helped it to draw useful lessons and identify gaps in the conduct of its operations.

The GOC said the 1 Division Operations Planning Cadre for this year was expected to explore ways of building on existing efforts by it, to meet its operational needs in the areas of Warfare Operations Planning.

“Others are military decision making process, intelligence preparation of the battle space and logistics in operational planning amongst others,” he said.

Saraso urged the participants to have an open mind, in order to derive maximum benefits from the cadre.

The GOC appreciated the Chief of Army Staff, Taoreed Lagbaja, for providing the resources for the cadre, his exemplary and inspiring leadership, support motivation to the division.