The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 3 Division Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Ali has called for more synergy among security agencies to address insecurity in the country.
Ali made the call during the 2022 Enduring Peace Exercise: Very Important Personality (VIP) walk around in the early hours of Thursday in Bauchi.
He said such working collaboration was imperative towards improving security situation and ensuring lasting solutions to the problem.
“The exercise where you have the army and other security agencies collaborate and share experiences would improve security output.
“The essence of the Enduring Peace Exercise is to build that synergy among the security agencies on how to work together in tackling security challenges in the country.
“The exercise also encourages the participants to understand how services and agencies work, understand themselves better, and when the situation comes they put on a better performance,” he said.
The GOC reiterated readiness of the security agencies to synergise in confronting the prevailing security challenges in parts of the country.
Also, Maj.-Gen. Sulaiman Idris, Commander Nigerian Armoured Corps, Bauchi, said the participants performed well during the exercise in line with the policy of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, He urged the participants to utilse the knowledge acquired in encouraging collaboration between the agencies to effectively confront security challenges in the country.
The Chief Of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, says Nigerian Army has ensured continuous training to keep officers and soldiers more efficient in facing dynamic operational challenges for effective delivery.
Yahaya stated this when he declared open the Second Commanding Officers Workshop on Tuesday in Sokoto.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was tagged ‘ ‘ Equipment Maintenance and Operational Efficiency: The Role of Operational and Tactical Level Commanders in the Nigerian Army and Sister Services through Inter Agency Cooperation ”.
He said that series of training packages were aimed at developing the capacity of officers and men for effective services in line with global best practices.
He said that lack of training constitute a hitch in the operations in recognition of dynamic nature of operations and confronted challenges.
” The efforts are geared towards preparing officers especially Commanders at tactical levels for efficient and right decisions in order to achieve the desired results.
” I urged participants to utilize the skills from experienced resource persons as well as shared experiences among themselves from different locations,” Farouk said.
He added the theme was apt, timely and relevant as a continuation of the first trainings that were in line with Nigerian Army vision, which would go along way in improving perspective of Commanders.
” It was hoped to enhance professionalism and ensure maximum success in the operations, ” he added.
The COAS commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his sustained supports to Nigerian Army and other agencies.
He also lauded Gov. Aminu Tambuwal for his routine assistance and ensuring cordial relationship in the state.
In his speech, Tambuwal thanked Nigerian Army for establishing formations in security-challenged Isa, in eastern part of the state and Sifawa in Bodinga local government area.
He expressed appreciation for the training in recognition of the challenges faced by the state, which needed enhanced inter-agency cooperation as embedded in the training modules.
Tambuwal further assured sustained support to Nigerian Army and looked forward to more robust partnership to end the security challenges.
In his remark, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, emphasized the need for more training and experience sharing among personnel which would surely boost their morales in the operations.
Abubakar, who recounted his days in the Nigerian Army, urged the participants to adhere to rules and boost unity and progress of the nation.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has expressed appreciation to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for his immense support to the Army in the effective discharge of its responsibilities.
The COAS’s appreciation was conveyed by Maj.-Gen. Umar Musa, the new General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, when he paid a courtesy visit to the governor in Enugu on Monday.
The courtesy visit was also to formally introduce the new GOC, who assumed duty barely a week ago.
Musa also said that his predecessor, Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja and the Division’s Garrison Commander, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Ibrahim had briefed him on Ugwuanyi’s immense support to the Army. The GOC solicited for more support and cooperation of the state government and all residents in making the state peaceful.
“Enugu State is a peaceful state, I am in the state to ensure that it remains peaceful and that the entire South-East states are safe and peaceful.
“It is my mandate to ensure that everywhere is peaceful,” he said.
Responding, Ugwuanyi reiterated his administration’s commitment to the security and welfare of the people in line with its constitutional mandate.
He said: “In Enugu state, we believe that when there is peace there is development.
“This is why this administration is interested in everything concerning the military and other security agencies”.
The governor recognised the contributions of past GOCs and the professionalism being displayed by the Army in the discharge of its duties.
“I am assuring the new GOC of the cooperation and support of the state government, and definitely, we are going to work together in the overall interest of our people,” the governor said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 82 Division’s Areas of Responsibility include the entire South-East states and Cross River.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Umar Musa says the Army will continue to place high premium on the training and retraining of personnel.
The GOC made the remark on Monday while opening the Division’s Operations Planning Cadre training in Enugu.
The training has the theme, “Capacity Building at Tactical Level Operational Planning within a Joint Environment”.
According to him, training is one of the key pillars of the vision of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya.
He said that the focus was to have a professional Nigerian Army ready to accomplish assigned mission within a joint environment in the defence of Nigeria.
Musa emphasised that training and retraining of personnel will lead to effective tackling of insecurity in the country.
On the operations planning cadre training, he said that the target was to churn out well-trained personnel that would efficiently confront the prevailing security challenges bedevilling the country.
“The cadre (traini is aimed at availing participants the necessary capabilities and competences that they require to successfully plan current and future operations.
“While providing the opportunity to promote synergy and inter-agency cooperation with sister services.
“As you are all aware, the security challenges we face today are both real and daunting; it therefore require a renewed vigour by commanders at all levels to tackle.
“It is in realisation of this fact and consistent with the COAS Vision that this operational planning is organised by the 82 Division,” he added.
The GOC urged the participants to apply themselves to the training and learn from the wealth of knowledge and experiences of the resources persons.
Musa said that the topics and resource persons were carefully selected and designed to reflect current realities.
He added that the training focused on military decision-making process, combat estimate, logistics planning, legal consideration in operation and counter measures against Improvised Explosive Devices, among others.
The GOC thanked the COAS for his strategic direction and financial support which facilitated the training.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants included personnel from the Air Force, Navy, Police, Civil Defence, and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
Others are from Immigration, Customs, Department of Security Services, Federal Road Safety Corps, Federal and State Fire Services as well as Neighbourhood Watch Group.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, says the passing out cadets of the Nigerian Military School (NMS) will undergo six weeks additional training at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI).
Yahaya was the reviewing officer at the 64th Passing Out Parade of the NMS Boys in Zaria, Kaduna State, held on Saturday.
In a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the COAS said the training at NASI would prepare the boys effectively contribute their quota in combating contemporary security challenges in the country.
He appreciated President Mohammadu Buhari for his unwavering support and encouragement to the Nigerian army.
Speaking on behalf of ex-boys of NMS, the Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, commended the COAS’ “unprecedented” intervention in the area of infrastructure to the school.
The NMS Commandant, Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Aun, conveyed the appreciation of the staff and students of the school to the COAS for the execution of welfare projects inaugurated shortly after the passing out parade.
Aun said that the projects would engender conducive environment for teaching and learning in the school.
The projects include, a remodelled e-Library, 2000 capacity students refectory, Officers Mess, Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess, Soldiers Club and a Multipurpose Hall. The event was attended by senior military officers, traditional rulers and other dignitaries.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, on Friday inaugurated a physiotherapy complex at the Jaji Military Cantonment Medical Centre in Kaduna.
He reiterated his commitment to improve all Army medical facilities to provide skilled and specialized management to personnel who sustain injuries.
“The Physiotherapy complex will facilitate treatment of Injuries in veins and nerves, among other injuries that had hitherto not been attended to here; it will enhance and facilitate personnel quick recovery,” he said.
Yahaya added that the Physiotherapy complex would also facilitate treatment to those in need within the Jaji Military Cantonment, thereby making it easier to get timely medical intervention.
He said that the Army has been providing medical services, equipments and structures to various formations to give its troops immediate medical support when needed.
“Our enhancement and improvement of medical facilities across Army formations is very important to troops morale.
“Administration is also important, and that is why we don’t take it for granted, and thereby choose to build upon what our predecessor left,” Yahaya said The COAS also spoke on ongoing military operations, saying it has picked heightened tempo, leveraging on enablers provided by President Muhammadu Buhari, and the commitment of troops in various theatres of operation.
Yahaya assured that the operations would be sustained, and restated the Nigerian Army’s commitment in improving on its successes.
“We shall live no stone unturned in the pursuit of those criminal bandits, kidnappers and terrorists, we shall continue to follow them wherever they are,” he assured.
He said with the support of the Air Force, Navy and other security agencies, they will not relent in carrying out the orders of the Commander-in-Chief.
“The orders are clear: you carry arms and we send you to hell to account for your sins,” Yahaya said.
Earlier, Lt-Col. Bolanle Suleman, Commanding Officer Jaji Military Cantonment Medical Centre, briefed the COAS on the state of the art medical installation available to personnel and their families in the complex.
Also, Brig.-Gen. Francies Omata, Director Special Forces, Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre (ICC), on behalf of the Commander Infantry Corps, thanked the COAS for his immense support to the Corps.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the COAS also inspected ongoing projects within the Jaji Military Cantonment.
The projects included the proposed Infantry mess, zoological garden, Nigerian Army School of Infantry Swimming Pool, GTAG complex and the Rigger Tower of Airborne Wing.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya has charged senior military officers to be more professional and raise their performance in the ongoing military operations in the country.
Yahaya gave the charge while delivering a lecture on his “Vision for the Nigerian Army”, to students of Senior Course 45 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji on Friday.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, made this known is a statement in Abuja.
The COAS highlighted the pillars of his command to include professionalism, readiness, administration and cooperation with other security agencies and stakeholders.
He said that those pillars drove his vision “to have a Professional Nigerian Army Ready to Accomplish Assigned Missions within a Joint Environment”.
He added that the vision was a deliberate and conscious effort to achieve the constitutional mandate of the Nigerian army.
Yahaya reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian army under his command to deal decisively with security challenges confronting the nation.
The Commandant of the College, AVM Oluwarotimi Tuwase, urged participants from the army to key into the vision of the COAS during and after their course, to effectively tackle the security challenges bedeviling the nation.
The COAS later inaugurated the Jaji Military Cantonment Physiotherapy Centre to boost healthcare services for soldiers and their families.
While inaugurating the ultra modern Physiotherapy Center, Yahaya expressed optimism that it would be put to purposeful use.
The COAS was also conducted round some projects by the Commandant Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Maj.-Gen. Monday Ali. The projects include,among others, the Reconnaisance and Airborne Training Wings.
Army Headquarters Garrison (AHQGar) on Friday in Abuja, concluded the 2022 Combat Proficiency Competition for its officers in the ranks of Captain and Lieutenant.
The competition, which commenced on Wednesday, involved weapon handling, obstacle crossing and map reading, aimed at improving their leadership quality, abilities, physical fitness and team spirit.
In his remarks, the Commander, Defence Headquarters Garrison, Maj.-Gen. Elias Attu, said the competition was part of the training activities of the Nigerian Army during the year.
Attu, who was a special guest of honour, said that training was essential to excellent leadership qualities, organisational abilities and esprit de corps amongst personnel.
He commended the teams for the display of competence, adding that the competition has achieved its objectives of fostering camaraderie among the participants and improved their leadership skills.
The commander implored the participants to pass on the knowledge gained from the competition to their subordinates in the various units, departments and establishments.
He said the competition was a testament to the commitment of the garrison towards tackling security challenges and ensure the safety and security of the citizens within the seat of power and its environ.
“We all know that training is key to the success of an armed forces and so for them to be successful in what they are doing, carrying out patrols day and night, they must be very fit.
“That is the essence of this proficiency competition.
It is for them to be proficient also in handling the weapons that they have been given and how they are going to administer men under them,” he said.
Attu also commended the garrison for another milestone achievement in implementing another major training event on the Nigerian Army Forecast of Event for the year.
He also thanked the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya for his drive at ensuring that every personnel acquired requisite training at all times to keep them combat ready.
At the end of the completion, Charlie Team (C) came top as the overall winner with 920 points while Bravo (B) Team came second with 820 points and Alpha Team (A) came third with 814 points.
The Nigerian Army on Saturday inaugurated a 120,000 litre rural water scheme at Lassa community in Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno.
Inaugurating the project, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya said that over N56 million was expended on the project as part of the Nigerian Army corporate social responsibility.
Faruk, represented by Maj.-Gen. Martins Kangye, Head of Civil Military Affairs, said the project was facilitated by Maj.-Gen. Monde Ali, Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI).
He said the gesture was part of the effort to give back to the community, adding that the army would continue to provide social amenities to deserving communities considering their understanding and cooperation to the military.
“The Nigerian Army has been receiving cooperation through information and intelligence gathering from communities, especially in the crisis ravaged areas, hence our resolve to assist such communities,” he said.
He said the army had executed viable community development projects in different parts of the country, and urged the benefitting communities to regard it as a symbol of unity.
The COAS commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment and support to the Armed Forces.
“I wish to also give kudos to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor for his display of professionalism and selfless service which enabled the Armed Forces to succeed in various operations,” he.
Earlier, Maj.-Gen. Ali, said the project would enhance access to safe drinking water in the community, noting that prior to the project people trekked for about seven kilometers in search of water.
He said the project was designed with two overhead tanks of 60 litre-capacity each, four solar powered boreholes, 180 taps and 9.5 kilometres reticulation system.
Also, Alhaji Girema Modu, District Head of Lassa, lauded the gesture, adding that about 20,000 residents of the area would benefit from it.
He urged wealthy individuals and corporate organisations to emulate the gesture towards improving social and economic wellbeing of the people.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya has charged cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) 69 Regular Course to deploy acquired combat skills and competences in tackling security challenges.
Yahaya gave the charge during the Battle Inoculation phase of Exercise Camp Highland, which wrapped up final exercises for Army cadets, before their passing out from NDA later in October.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, made this known in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.
He expressed satisfaction with the level of training received by the cadets, saying there has been remarkable improvement in the quality of their combat training due to recent review of the academy’s training curriculum.
The COAS said the combat training was in tune with the army’s deliberate capacity development effort towards tackling contemporary security challenges.
He expressed optimism that the junior commanders would add value to ongoing operational efforts to restore peace and security in troubled parts of the country.
The COAS commended President Mohammadu Buhari for the confidence reposed in the Nigerian army, as well as his support and strategic guidance.
He assured the President and all Nigerians that the army, in synergy with other services and security agencies, would “speak to the insurgents and bandits in the language they understand”.
The Commandant of NDA, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, described the exercise as a “baptism into battle”, saying the exercise was a culmination of five years of training for the cadets before their graduation.
He said the exercise featured combat assault on simulated objects with live firing by combat teams of cadets, supported from the air to inject realism into the exercise.