General Officer Commanding (GOC), 2 Division, Ibadan, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Gold Chibuisi, has charged personnel of the the force to exercise discipline and professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
He stated this during the closing ceremony of 2 Division Inter Brigade Corporal And Below Competition 2022 at 32 Artillery Brigade, Owena Cantonment, Akure, the Ondo State capital.
He explained that no fewer than 275 personnel of the Nigeria Army from five formations/division have completed training in map reading, weapon handling, combat swimming and drilling in Ondo State.
Chibuisi who charged officers and personnel of the division to be professional in discharging their duty explained that the formations participating in the competition are 4 Brigade, Benin; 22 Brigade, Ilorin; 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure; 42 Engr. Brigade/52 Sig. Brigade/ Engr. cantonment, Ibadan and 2 Div. Gerison/81 Bn(R), Ibadan.
The GOC, said it was imperative for all the officers and personnel to engage in activities that would help them keep fit in order to fight insurgency in the country, stressing that training is a pillar upon which institutions and organisations build and develop the capacity of their personnel.
He said: “I congratulate you all for the successful completion of this remarkable competition. I’ve been briefed on your performance and wish to point out that the attitude, discipline and hard-work you put forth is commendable and must be sustained”.
He explained that the aim of the competition was to improve leadership traits, organizational ability, use of initiative and of course esprit de corps among soldiers.
“This competition was carefully designed to brush you up on basis tactics and other skills you require to confront these challenges. You should therefore apply all you have learnt in the activities of your units for better results. You are aware of the current security challenges bedeviling our dear country currently, ranging from the Boko Haram ISWAP terrorists to banditry, kidnaping, cult clashes and ritual killings among others”.
The GOC congratulated 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure for emerging overall in the competition, while appreciating other formations for their competitive spirit urging them to sustain the commitment and dedication in subsequent competitions.
Chibuisi, who appreciated the COAS for providing the logistics for the competition, other essence of the competition was to improve the physical fitness and promote the spirit of esprit de-corp among soldiers of various formations and units.
“I also commend the soldiers who performed excellently who have singled out for various awards. I urge you not to relent but continue to strive hard as the Nigeria Army under the leadership of the Chief of Army Staff(COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya will always commend you if you excel in professional skills.
“We are grateful to the Chief of Army Staff for providing the resources for the reality of the event. As a division, we will continue to contribute fully to the actualization of the COAS which is a professional Nigeria Army ready to accomplish assigned missions within a joint environment in defence of Nigeria”.
In his opening speech, the Division Training Officer, Brig.-Gen. Umar Abdulkadir Mu’azu, said the competition was an annual event conducted by the division in line with the Nigerian Army standard.
According to Abdulkadir, the competition is designed to prepare the personnel for battle, especially in tackling the present security challenges in the country, while appreciating the GOC 2 Division and governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State for their support to the brigade.
“We will continue to take the advantage of this opportunity to improve on our individual and collective effectiveness in 2 Division in order to be able to achieve the vision of the Chief of Army Staff(COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya.
“The key issues in the vision are professionalism and joint environment. Professionalism require training, which, among others, makes readiness a major component for success in all military operations”, he said.
He, therefore, called on participants to exhibit the highest standard of discipline as to reflect the core value of excellence expected of the division and the Nigerian Army.
Other security agencies at the competition include Nigeria Police, NSCDC, Immigration, Customs, DSS, FRSC and NDLEA.