Ninety Nigerian soldiers in Cross River State, have undergone specialised training in combat as a means of curbing the frightening insecurity that has erupted in some areas of the nation.
To combat the marine crimes that are common in the Niger Delta region of the country, they received training in the fundamentals of amphibious and riverine operations.
Brigadier General Frank Etim, the commandant of Amphibious Training School Calabar, indicated that the training was designed to increase the students’ competence and capability to produce the necessary results in all types of amphibious and riverine operations undertaken by the army.
At the graduation ceremony held at the ATS Complex Calabar for the Company Amphibious Operations Course 88/22, Major General Stevenson Olabanji served as the Special Guest of Honor. He announced the graduation and unveiled the new lanyards and plumes.
Olabanji commended the pupils and advised them to maintain a professional demeanour.
He was pleased with the training’s calibre and thanked the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) for giving the course the logistical and administrative assistance it needed to be successful.
Armed forces members displayed their abilities in what they dubbed Tower Jumps, Combat Swims, and Amphibious Demonstrations (high-speed casting).
The event was used by the army authorities to formally open the sitting pavilion at the pool arena and to award the graduates with certificates and medals.
In other news, Cross River State is set to benefit from a European Union $1.4 billion loan facility that aims to help Nigeria diversify its economy away from oil.
According to Bloomberg, the funds sourced from the EU and its development finance institutions are for projects in agriculture, climate change, and the digital economy.
Samuela Isopi, the EU Ambassador to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States said in Lagos that the money will help the country “achieve a low carbon, resource-efficient and climate-resilient development, creating jobs for youth and economic growth”.
Isopi added that the funds will among other things help finance a waste-to-energy initiative in Cross River State.