13 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Calabar, has emerged second in the army officers’ combat proficiency competition which ended recently at the 82 Division of Nigerian Army, Enugu.
Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Brutai, disclosed this while delivering a speech at the West African Social Activities (WASA) ceremony which held in Calabar.
Brutai charged officers and personnel of the Nigerian army to be combat ready at all times by deploying the tactics learned during the counter terrorist/counter insurgency training exercise organised by military high command where they were equipped with skills on how to put terrorists/insurgents at bay when need be.
Brutai, who was being represented at the ceremony by Commander 13 Brigade Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Oluyemi Thomas Olatoye, said,”The training activities were conducted based on 13 Brigade trainers circle as well as 82 division trainers circle and the Nigerian army trainers circle and doctrine focus event of 2019 leading to 13 Brigade emerging second in the competition”.
The army boss enumerated achievement of the brigade in the last six months to include conducting welfare activities for the troops, changing. roofing sheets of 18 blocks including corporal below quarters and sinking of 36 new suck-away in below quarters.
“We raised perimeter fence of the Akim Barracks, 4 damaged submergible pumping machines were also replaced”. The Brigade commander maintained.
Other projects executed at the command to motivate the troops include, establishment of a water point with 6 dispensing taps, with two other points with 3 taps each.
Olatoye maintained that 13 command under his watch has successfully reactivated waterboard reticulation within Akim Akim Barracks as well as equipped the 13 Brigade figment centre.
In a bid to strengthen civil military/civil relations, “We also conducted 3 medical outreach in Ekpri Ikang in Bakassi, Okpoma in Yala, Danare in Boki and Afi community of Ikom LGAs during exercise Crocodile Smile 4.
“Some other activities conducted by 13 Brigade in the year 2019 include construction of 13 Brigade dragon which you see down there spiting fire’ He said, (pointing his fingers at a carved dragon monument).
“One of our major feats is the provision of conducive socioeconomic environment as well as conducive for the 2019 elections, he said.
The army boss maintained that the headquarters of 13 Brigade will in line with the vision of the army chief of Staff Lt Gen. Tukur Brutai’s wish to have a professionally responsible army in the discharge of their duties.
Olatoye, who gave a brief synopsis of WASA stated that West African Social Activities popularly called WASA was an annual event in the Nigerian Army first celebrated in January 1946 after the Second World War by the British Colonial Officials.
Vandrezzer’s Coach Explains Team’s Visit To PH
The Head Coach of Vandrezzer Football Club of Akwa Ibom State, Rafael Eventon, has said that players of the club came to Port Harcourt to build a fan base and attract more supporters to the club.
According to him, Port Harcourt is one of the most prominent cities in Nigeria, as everybody wants to be in Port Harcourt to gather more fans.
Eventon said this in a media parley organised by the club on Wednesday, at Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.
According to the Brazilian tactician, he chose Vandrezzer FC because he loves the philosophy of the club.
Vandrezzer FC is currently playing in the Nigeria National League (NNL)
“I have other proposal for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), but I could not go because I love the philosophy of Vandrezzer FC as they have a target to gain promotion to NPFL,” Eventon said.
The former Abia Warriors coach expressed happiness for taking over the coaching job of Vandrezzer FC, adding that the club has come to stay in Nigeria.
“We are in Port Harcourt to play some friendly matches.We play friendly match to keep the players fit and teach them some tactics of the game,” he stated.
Nasarawa United Thumps Rangers, Moves Out Of Relegation
Nasarawa United secured hard fought 2-1 win over Rangers International of Enugu in Wednesday’s rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League game at the Lafia township stadium.
The highly entertaining game produces some big moments, but it was the Solid Miners who came out on top after 90 minutes.
Israel Abia, who returned into the squad after being left out the game against Sunshine Stars scored the opener of the game for Rangers in 4th minute of the game, after he fired in from a direct free kick to registered his 9th goal of the season.
He however didn’t last long as the home side hit back immediately after the start of second half. The home side were awarded a penalty after Isaac Loute Fouled Ohanachom in the box and the referee points at the spot.
Abubakar Lawal stepped up and converted the penalty to level the scores, as both sides went into the break level.
Nasarawa then took the lead seven minutes after the restart when full-back Abdullahi Abubakar overlaps before hitting a low cross which was deflected back to him and he gracefully fired in the rebound from a tight angle.
Rangers however piled on a late pressure in search for an equaliser, but it was Nasarawa United who held on to claim the maximum points and moved out of the relegation for the first time since match day two.
Rivers Hoopers Intensify Preparations For BAl
Coach of Nigeria Premier Basketball League champion, Rivers Hoopers of Porthacourt, Ogoh Odaudu, has stated that the team has started preparation ahead of next month’s commencement of the inaugural NBA Basketball Africa League.
He also confirmed that the team intends to move to Lagos early next month hoping to play a couple of friendly games to get them in shape for the continental challenge
Speaking, Odaudu in a chat with newsmen, said the decision to move to Lagos early is to be able to have the team play test games before the start of the Africa league so as to be able to make up for being match rusty compared to their opponents who has league games already under their belt.
“We’ve been working hard practising, trying to see what and what we can put in place.
“We are planning to come to Lagos sometimes early next month so at least we will get a couple of friendly games while we are there because practice alone will not help us playing against teams that are already playing their leagues in their various countries already. So it’s going to be difficult but we are hoping we are going to do the best that we can.”
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