The Nigerian Army has flagged off the first edition of COAS Combat Platoon Cross Country Championship (CPC3) 2022 at the 5 Battalion Elele Military Cantonment in Rivers State.
Flagging off the Competition, the Chief of Army staff, LT General Faruk Yahaya enjoined all personnel to develop spirit of professionalism in accomplish assigned mission within a joint environment in defence of Nigeria.
LT GEN Yahaya who was represented by the Corp Commander Nigeria Army Ordinance Corp, Major General Ayobami Simeon Ibikunle said it is pertinent to step up all aspect of combat readiness inline with best practices to effectively confront contemporary adversaries and ability to carry other personnel in the platoon.
COAS added that the championship will go a long way in refocusing the prospective of Nigerian Army personnel towards capacity building and appreciate the President Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, for his strategic direction for the support of Nigerian Army while commending the General Officer Commanding 6 Division and officers for hosting the championship.
He further urged participants to make best use of the time to display high level of seriousness, interest and spirit of comradeship.
In his welcome address, the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division Nigerian Army Port Harcourt, and Commander Land Component Operations Delta Safe, Major General Olufemi Oluyede said the essence of the competition is to display spirit of sportsmanship.
GOC stated that the competition is designed to strengthen troops endurance so as to be able to thrive in the current difficult operating environment.
He expressed appreciation to the Clhief of Army Staff for given opportunity to 6 Division to host the competition, while commending his officers and soldiers for providing the support and working round the clock to ensure the smooth conduct of the event.
Our correspondents reports that over 200 officers and soldiers from 1 Division (Kaduna), 2 Division (Ibadan, Oyo), 3 Division (Jos, Plateau), 6 Division (Port Harcourt), 81 Division (Lagos), 82 Division (Enugu) and the Headquarters Garrison are participating in the competition.
Highpoint of the event was the 5 Kilometers race embarked by the participants to kick start the first day of the competition.