COAS inaugurates new training method for proficiency



 Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has inaugurated “Exercise Lion Heart” for the Land Simulation Centre Nigeria (LFSCN) a view to enhancing operational of the troops.

Yahaya, who was represented by the Director of Courses, Department of Training (Army), Brig.-Gen. Ibikunle Ajose, said that the simulation exercise was designed to afford the personnel the opportunity to understand different scenarios of threats.

He said that simulation gave almost the same effect less resources when carrying out an exercise or training.

According to him, the exercise is based on various threat scenarios in terms of terms of the insurgency and the various threats confronted currently.

He explained that the exercise was based on two particular software such as Sword and SR24 which create various threat scenarios which the participants had to think through and proffer solutions to overcome them.

The COAS said the the simulation centre was premised on the urgent need to extensively deploy simulation technologies for capacity building and force multiplication.

“It is therefore imperative for all participants to take this training seriously to derive maximum benefit from the exercise.

“This is in tandem the provision of continuous leadership development, being pillars of my philosophy.

“On my part I will strive to provide the centre the requisite administrative and logistic to make it a centre of international repute,” he said.

The Director-General, LFSCN, Maj.-Gen. Felix Omoigui, said the exercise was aimed at enhancing the capacity of the technical and staff of the centre, army personnel, other sister services and security agencies for operational planning and decision making.

Omoigui said the training was in tandem the COAS’ vision to have “a professional Nigerian Army ready to accomplish assigned missions within a joint environment in defence of Nigeria”.

He said that the LFSCN was established in 2019 and has since its inception embarked on the acquisition of simulation software and hardware for simulation exercises.

“The centre has so far conducted two major exercises, all aimed at sharpening the skills of personnel of the centre and the Nigerian Army in the newly acquired simulation software.

“Today’s joint exercise will enable the LFSCN and the Defence Simulation Centre, Jaji, to further build capacity on the use of software in building exercise scenarios and employment of assets in military operations other than war.

“It will also enable the two centres to share notes towards developing simulation training for our dear armed forces,” he said.(NAN)