Nigerian Army ends inter-brigade competition

Eme Offiong, Calabar

The 82 Division Inter-Brigade Corporal and Below Competition has ended in Enugu, Eastern Nigeria.

The games are aimed at enabling soldiers develop additional skills to overcome security challenges.

Five formations under the 82 Division, Enugu, participated in the annual combative event, which took place in Calabar.

Host formation, 13 Brigade Nigerian Army won overall first prize, while Second Brigade, Port Harcourt, Rivers State and 34 Artillery Brigade, Owerri, Imo State both came in second place.

82 Garrison Brigade, Enugu, Enugu State placed third and 14 Brigade Ohafia, Abia State emerged fourth position.

Those, who performed beyond expectation, will be selected to represent the Division at the national Nigerian Army Corporal and Below Competition scheduled to hold in Ibadan, Oyo State, Western Nigeria soon.IMG_20160408_122437

The Officer Commanding, 34 Artillery Brigade, Brigadier General Kuta Ishiaku, who represented  the General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, said the exercise was to assess the combat readiness of the men as well as rekindle in the personnel, the winning spirit, in addition to developing physical fitness and survival skills.

“Generally, we have corporal below and we have the officers’ cadre. What we do is to bring up talents from the junior cadre before they become senior. The essence is to develop the sportsmanship spirit in them”, said Ishiaku.IMG_20160408_122522

Ishiaku said “this event was organized to develop physical fitness, foster espirit de corp, and train them to develop basic skills to overcome the current security challenges that we face as a nation”.

According to him, the training also assists the Nigerian Army develop talents who would represent the nation at international tournaments.

The Brigadier General stated: “If you remember that in the good old days, we had officers and men that were boxers, swimmers and athletes. So, this is also an event cultivate competitive spirit among the competing formations”.

He said the five formations competed for laurels in five combat events namely weapons handling and live firing; combat swimming; map reading; physical fitness and drill.

While commending the Cross River State Government for its support to the military, Ishiaku expressed appreciation to the Nigerian Navy, the Air Force, Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for their cooperation.