Blessing Okorite, Port Harcourt
The 6 Division Nigerian Army has commenced on one week competition for Warrant officers and other senior officers of the division, with the intent to achieving an active professionalism in their service delivery to the nation.
Declaring the ceremony of the 2019 Warrant Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers competition open yesterday at the Division headquarters in Port Harcourt, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division and Land Component Commander (LCC), Joint Task Force Operation DELTA SAFE (JTF OPDS), Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham, noted that training at tactical level in the Nigerian Army is a critical building block of leadership for operational and strategic levels.
Represented by the Chief of Staff (COS), Headquarters 6 Division, Brig.-Gen. Olatokumbo Bello, the GOC stated that the Nigerian Army places high premium on training of its personnel hence the release of training directives to guide the training of officers and soldiers annually.
He disclosed that the competition would be an exhibition of leadership skills, proficiency in weapon handling, regimentation, navigation, esprit de corps and team work which he said are the components necessary to build the leadership cadre at the junior level of the force.
The GOC further enjoined competitors to showcase high level of seriousness while noting that “there is no better time than now to demonstrate what you are capable of delivering when confronted with technical assignments”.
He thanked the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, for his untiring efforts towards all the division’s activities.
The event is expected to feature foot-drill, skill-at-arms, physical fitness (3.2km race), shooting competition, map-reading and obstacle crossing, with participants selected from 2 Brigade, 16 Brigade, 63 Brigade, 6 Division Garrison and 46 Engineer Brigade.
Our correspondent reported that the competition commenced with foot drill in the aftermath of the opening ceremony.
The 6 Division Garrison took the first position with 358.5 point representing 71.7%, second position went to 2 Brigade with a total point of 342 points representing 68.4% while 16 Brigade came third with a total points of 320.5 representing 64.1%.