GOC charges soldiers to be combat ready

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

Lagbaja gave the charge on Monday during the opening ceremony of Inter-Brigade Corporals and Below , 2021, held At Abakpa Military Cantonment, Enugu.

The GOC said the objectives of the were to develop the fitness, combat 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 training and re-training its key driver in order to get all officers and soldiers ready for combat deployment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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