According to Major General Obinna Ajunwa, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, the military is devoted to educating and re-educating soldiers to ensure their operational preparedness in tackling the nation’s security difficulties.
Ajunwa made these remarks during the commencement ceremony of the 81 Division Inter-Brigade Competition for Warrant Officers (WOs) and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) at the Ibereko Badagry’s 243 Recce Battalion Barracks in Lagos.
Representing the GOC at the event was Brigadier General NJ Edet, the Commander of the 9 Brigade within the 81 Division.
The GOC expressed, “As commonly stated within military circles, the greater the soldiers’ efforts in training during peacetime, the lesser the bloodshed during war. This timeless principle holds today, just as it did when it was first conceived.”
“The remarkable aspect is that this maxim’s core values and principles align perfectly with the Chief of Army Staff’s vision. In pursuit of this vision, the COAS has made significant advancements in enhancing the operational readiness of the Nigerian Army,” he added.
Ajunwa also emphasized that the WOs and SNCOs competition, which promotes professionalism in the Nigerian Army, has been meticulously incorporated into the COAS Training Directive 2023.
He elaborated, “Adhering to the training directive, the Headquarters of the 81 Division has scheduled the Warrant Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers Competition to take place from June 19th to 23rd, 2023.”
“The primary objectives of the competition are to enhance the participants’ leadership qualities, augment their endurance and discipline levels, and adequately prepare them for future responsibilities,” he further explained.
Colonel N. Akpagher, the Commanding Officer of the 243 Recce Battalion in Ibereko, Badagry, emphasized in his opening speech that 120 personnel from four formations within the 81 Division would partake in the competition.