GOC charges soldiers to be combat ready

 Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, General Officer Commanding, 82 Division,   Army, has charged soldiers to be ready and maintain physical fitness.

Lagbaja gave on during opening ceremony of Inter-Brigade Corporals and Below Competition, , being held At Abakpa Military Cantonment, Enugu.

GOC said objectives of competition to develop the physical fitness, proficiency and further foster spirit-de-corps among the ranks of corporals and below within the Division.

He said the Nigeria Army and, indeed, the Division would continue to make and re- its key driver in order to get all officers and soldiers ready deployment.

“As the Army continues to professionalise, has continued to assume greater emphasis.

“Fortunately, at point in time, we have a Chief of Army who has made a key objective in his command philosophy,” he said.

Lagbaja noted that the competition would include: weapon handling, obstacle crossing, cross country relay race, map reading, drill, shooting and combat swimming.

He said soldiers remained the bedrock of all sub- and ; and “it is a well-known fact that a chain is as strong as its weakest link.”

“We expect a fair competition. We have unbiased umpires to do justice to the competition and they will it with known laid down rules and regulation,” he said.

The four formations under the Division are taking part in the five-day competition.

The formations include: 13 Brigade, Calabar; 14 Brigade, Ohafia; 82 Division Garrison and 44 Engineers/54 Signals Brigade, Enugu.  (NAN)