In a bid to maintain physically and mentally alert, the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, has led four of its formations to participate in a quarterly inter Brigade competition in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
The formations include 13 Brigade Calabar,14 Brigade, Ohafia in Abia State,34 Artillery Brigade, Owerri and 82 Division, Enugu.
General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82 Division, Major General Adamu Abubakar, while declaring the ceremony open stated that the exercise, which is conducted at the formation level would help the Army assess the fitness level of the top echelon of the soldiers’ cadre.
Brigadier General Lasisi Adegboye, who represented the GOC at the event stressed that the four-day competition would afford the soldiers the opportunity to key into the Chief of Army Staff’s vision which is “to have a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles.”
Abubakar enumerated activities at the inter-Brigade competition to include drill, live firing, swimming, map reading, obstacle crossing and among several others.
The GOC stated that the competition would assist the soldiers undergo training that would aid them acquire basic skills required by soldiers to survive the rigours of the military profession.
He noted that the competition would also enable the military high command to determine the level of fitness of their men and fighting efficiency, thereby allowing areas where lapses are observed to be addressed in training programme.
According to him, “this year 2017, warrant officers/ senior non-commissioned officers’ competition for 82 Division is holding here in Calabar. I will enjoin the participants not to see the competition as do or die affair but to put in their best. May I on behalf of the GOC once again welcome you, and wish you a happy stay in the city.”
“On this note, I hereby on behalf of the GOC declare the year 2017 warrant officers/senior non-commissioned officers’ competition open. May the best team win,” the GOC stressed.
Friday Nwagbara, Calabar