The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday in Lagos started testing the proficiency of its officers on weapon handling, map reading among others for effective military operations.
The competition for warrant officers and senior non-commissioned officers in 9 Brigade, Lagos, will engage them in obstacles crossing, drill and combat swimming from Sept. 7 to Sept. 9.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Maj.-Gen. Isidore Edet, said at the opening that the competition was to improve the officers’ leadership traits.
“Leadership at the lowest level is critical to the success of the Nigerian Army and the military in any operation. “If the commanders at the junior level are physically fit, good in the use of their weapons and if the leadership traits are well developed, it means we are on our way to victory in any battle.
“This is because the leadership traits they have will be brought to the table of the troops they command which is part of the importance of this competition. “This competition is aimed at achieving physically fit officers and enhanced leadership qualities.
“This is what they will go through while competing among each other,’’ the GOC said. Edet said that the competition would impact positively on the various military operations they were currently undertaking.
“The units partaking in this competition include 9 Brigade, 35 Artillery Brigade, 45 Division Engineers and 81 Division Garrison,’’ he said.
The 9 Brigade Commander, Brig.- Gen. Sanni Mohammed, in his address of welcome said the brigade was tasked to host and participate in the competition.
According to Mohammed, training is the bedrock of professionalism and the harder one trains in peace time, the less one bleeds in war.