…says non-commissoned officers competition enhance fighting efficiency
By: Okosun Dennis
As the three days Warrant Officers and Senior Non-Commissoned officers Inter-Division Competitions were rounded off on Thursday, the General Officer Commanding GOC 81 Division Nigerian Army, Maj Gen Umar Musa has said that the competition was tailored to enhance the fighting efficiency and performance of troops in the field and to tackle the current Security challenges in the country.
In his closing remarks at the Lt Gen Yusuf Buratai (retd) Sports Complex, Ikeja Cantonment, venue of the event, the GOC who was represented by the Chief of Staff, 81 Division, Brig Gen Ismaili Oloyede expressed satisfaction with the high level of competitiveness among the teams.
“I am impressed with the military bearing, stamina and endurance exhibited by you during the competition. The competitive spirit of sportsmanship exhibited in the last three days is commendable.
“From comments of judges and umpires, it is evident that various formations made commendable efforts at preparing their various teams for this competition.
“The essence of this competition is to enhance your fighting efficiency and performance in the field with a view to preparing you with the current Security challenges in the country.
“Training is the bedrock of any fighting force and it is believed that the training you have gathered today will assist you to improve your leadership traits, promote espirit de Corps and boost morale.
“It is better to sweat during peace time and bleed less during war. This year’s competition has proved the benefit of good training and the Division will continue to implement its training schedule in line with Army headquarters training directives.
Gen Musa noted that the training competition was one of the series of competitions for the year soldiers and officers would be exposed to to prepare them for the future.
While expressing his joy and satisfaction, the Commander, 9 Brigade, Ikeja Cantonment, the host of the competition, Brig Gen Isong Akpaumontia reemphasized the efficacy of training and retraining, which he said was responsible for his brigade defeating other brigades to emerge as the overall best in the competition.
On the protection of lives and properties of Lagosians, the Commander assured that within the ambits of the law, they would continue to carry out their primary duties.
“It has always been our goal to secure the lives of Lagosians as much as possible. We would continue to engage in training and retraining to be fit, capable and combat ready,” Brig Gen Akpaumontia reemphasized.
The Chief Umpire of the Competition, Colonel Okezim Omeni who announced the final result declared 9 Brigade as the overall winner of the competition with 340 points, while 35 Artillery Brigade came second position with 320 points. 81 Division Garrison and 45 Engineer Brigade came third position with 260 points and 45 Engineer Brigade came last position with 200 points. Trophies were also presented to Sergeant Kingsley Agbaje of 35 Artillery Brigade as the best Get- away Man, Sergeant Gloria Uzoefune as the best firer.
Particularly, in the Obstacle Crossing Competition which held all the spectators and invited guests spelll bound with sundry cheers and clappings for all the participating brigades, the overall winner also went to 9 Brigade Nigerian Army, Ikeja with completion time of 1 hour 13 minutes to finish the rigorous exercises.
Present at the occasion were the Commander 35 Artillery Brigade Brig Gen Isa Abdullahi, Commander Nigerian Army Tailoring Factory Yaba, Brig Gen Victor Beryo and the 81 Division Training Officer, Brigadier General Shuaibu Nuhu.
Others were dignitaries from the Nigerian Airforce, Nigerian Man O’ War, civilians and other Senior officers of the Nigerian Army.
Areas competed for included Weapon handling, Combat swimming, Map reading and Navigation exercises. Others were physical fitness exercises and Obstacle Crossing.