NNN: The 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, has charged its junior and middle-cadre officers to work toward enhancing their operational planning skills to be able to tackle insurgency and other emerging security challenges.
Maj.-Gen. Lasisi Adegboye, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), gave the charge on Monday in Enugu, while declaring open a five-day Division’s Operations Planning Cadre for the year.
Adegboye said that the annual event in the Division’s Training Calendar was designed to enhance the operational planning skills of officers to enable them to conform to best global standard practices in planning joint and single service operations.
“This year’s cadre is also intended to create avenue for subalterns and majors in the division and their equivalent in sister-services of the Armed Forces to get acquainted with the planning process in the Nigeria Army.
“It is hoped that they would find this opportunity useful and beneficial.
“As officers, who are directly involved in operational planning in your various formations/units/service, you are the main drivers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria’s efforts at responding to the current security challenges facing the nation.
“Therefore, your selection to participate in this event is not by accident.
“I therefore charge you all to approach this cadre with all the seriousness it deserves,” the GOC said.
According to him, the topics have been carefully selected by experienced senior officers, who have had the unique privilege to learn and teach Manoeuvrist Approach to Warfare in the prestigious Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji.
He further urged the participants to engage in brainstorming in syndicates on tactical exercises on estimate process and make group presentations to round-off the cadre.
“I am optimistic that this cadre will be a rewarding experience, judging from the topics and the calibre of resource persons invited to conduct the exercise.
“You should, therefore, look forward to a most educative and professionally rewarding cadre,” he said.
He thanked the COAS, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Burutai, for his generosity in providing the resources for the training in the face of competing demands on scarce resources of the Nigerian Army.
Nigeria News Agency reports that at least 50 participants at the training were junior and middle level officers.
They were reportedly drawn from the units under the Headquarters of 82 Div., 82 Div. Garrison; 13 Brigade Calabar; 14 Brigade, Ohafia and 34 Artillery Brigade, Owerri as well as members of other sister-security agencies within the 82 Division Area of Responsibility.
The training, which started on Monday, March 2, will end on Friday, March 6.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Sam Oditah)