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Combat Proficiency: Army organises inter-brigade sports competition

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By Abbas Bamalli

The Nigerian Army 1 Division based in Kaduna says the ongoing inter-brigade sports competition for its corporal and lower officers aims to improve their skills in tackling insecurity in the country.

The Commanding General Officer (GOC), 1Division, Major-General. Danjuma Ali-Keffi said this on Tuesday when he declared the opening of the five-day competition in Kano.

He added that the competition was meant to boost the officer’s morale to counter security challenges.

According to him, the participating officers were from 1Division Garrison, Kaduna; 31 Artilaire Brigade, Minna in Niger and the host, 3 Brigade, Kano.

He said: “The event could not have come at a better time than today, as growing concerns about the many security challenges facing the nation are mounting. ”

He added that security concerns had made the Nigerian military increasingly engaged in countering threats.

“The current security challenges in the country have highlighted the need to continually reinvigorate our training and operations, particularly in the aspects of physical training and leadership.

“So your physical and emotional preparations are of utmost importance and can only be achieved through regular training.

“So it is necessary that you all train properly in order to ensure peak performance at all times,” he said.

The special guest, Gen. Division Mukhtar Imam, commander of the Nigerian Army Kaduna Infantry School, explained that the goal of the competition was to improve the officer’s physical condition.

According to him, it is also about improving their leadership skills, their organizational skills and the use of initiative to promote esprit de corps among them.

He said the exercise was also aimed at preparing them for combat given the current security challenges.

“Therefore, the importance of this exercise for the overall vision of the Chief of Staff of the Army (COAS) which is to have a Nigerian army professionally responsive in fulfilling its constitutional roles” cannot be overestimated.

“So I implore you to conduct yourself in a professional manner throughout the competition. ”

3rd Brigade Commander Kano Brigade General Bamidele Alabi said a team of impartial and professional officials had been carefully selected to ensure that no team was unnecessarily favored or victimized.

“I am happy to see that all the necessary measures for a smooth competition have been put in place,” he said.

He therefore urged all participants and officials to take the competition seriously and follow the rules.

The events in which the competitions would participate would include: the half marathon, exercise, combat swimming, weapon techniques and shooting, card reading and obstacle clearance. (NOPE)

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