The General Officer Commanding (GOC) Army 1 Division, Kaduna, Maj.-Gen Faruq Yahaya has charged soldiers to take regular training with seriousness.
The GOC made the charge on Tuesday while declaring open, the 2019 1 Division Inter-Brigade Corporals and below competition in Kano.
Yahaya, represented by the Garrison Commander 1 Division, Brig-Gen Jimmy Akpor said it is only by regular training that the army would bleed less in the war field.
“The essence of the competition is to improve combat proficiency of the Corporals and below in leadership skills, orgnisational ability, team work, endurance and promote esprit-de corps.
“The competition is also designed to enable soldiers to put into practice, training acquired in formations and units within the Division,’’ he said.
The GOC added that the competition would enable the soldiers to measure their deficiency or areas of strength for improved quality training in the units.
According to Yahaya, participants drawn from six formations will participate in drill, weapon handling, swimming, map reading and obstacle closing competition to vie for honours.
“It is expected that despite our various operational commitments, all formations are acquainted with the modalities for this competition and are well prepared for the various events for improved training in the division.
“Troops must constantly be prepared in line with the vision of the Chief of Army Staff, which is to have a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in discharge of its constitutional roles,’’ he said.
In his speech, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji commended the 3 Brigade Command for their commitments towards ensuring peace in the state.
According to him, the state government is aware of all the sacrifices made by the army in protecting the lives and property of the people.
Ganduje also commended the Brigade Commander, Maj-Gen Bamidele Ali-Alabi for collaborating with other security agencies in the state and also participating in all security engagements in the state.