In a bid to boost the physical, mental and combat readiness of troops, the Army Headquarters Garrison organized series of competitions for Warrant Officers (WOs) and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) in its command.
The competitions which lasted for one week, featured drilled completion, map reading theory/practical, weapon handling/shooting competition, 3.2 km race and obstacle crossing.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the competition Friday, the special guest of honour, Chief of Transformation and Innovation Maj. Gen. Felix Agugo, represented by Director Lessons Learnt Brig. Gen. Emmannuel Undiandeye commended the efforts of Army Headquarters Garrisson for maintaining the training traditions of the Nigerian army, adding that the exercise is in line with the vision of the chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.
He said: “I am delighted to note the efforts being made by the command and personnel Army Headquarters Garrison in maintaining the training traditions of the Nigerian army. It must be reiterated that the development is in line with the vision of the chief of Army Staff which is: ‘to have a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles…’
“The Nigerian nation is going through series of serious security challenges and it is my firm believes that these challenges are surmountable through the collective efforts of well-trained armed forces and personnel.
“I am glad that Army Headquarters Garrison has keyed into the vision of preparing all of you towards these challenges. With this, I urge you not just to see this event as a mere competitive exercise but also to inculcate the habit of regular training amongst yourselves,” he said.
Earlier in his welcome speech, Garrison Training Officer (GTO) Brig. Gen. Hilary Mabiokwu said the WOs and SNCOs gave a good account of themselves during the week long competition.
“All the events were keenly contested and they have maintained a high level of team spirit. Their conduct all through is commendable,” he said.
At the end of the competition, soldiers that distinguished themselves in various categories of the competitions were rewarded. Some of them are Sergeant (sgt) Isua Victor best parade commander; staff sergeant (S/sgt) Kabiru Ibrahim best in map reading; WO Ibrahim Abdulrahman best firer (male) and WO Iliya Tabina (female).
Others are S/sgt Kabiru Ibrahim winner 3.2 kilometre race (male), sgt Omolara Bello (female); S/sgt Kabiru Ibrahim best get-away (male) and Omolara Bello (female).
Group B emerged as the overall winner of the competition.