COAS Declares Open Nigeria Army Inter – Formation Combat Platoon Championship
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, has declared open the Nigerian Army Inter-Formation Combat Platoon Orienteering and Adventure Championship.
The event which was opened on on Tuesday 28 November 2023 brings together troops from all the Divisions of the Nigerian Army and is aimed at testing, enhancing the physical and mental capabilities of the troops through competition.
Addressing the participants at the opening ceremony held at the Small Arms Range Miango Jos, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja emphasized the significance of orienteering and adventure challenges in the skills required by professional soldiers.
Orienteering is a group of sports that involve using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain whilst moving at speed.
The Army Chief, highlighted that the competition not only showcases physical prowess but also tests mental strength and the ability to make quick and strategic decisions essential for the everyday duties of a professional soldier.
The Chief who was represented by the General Officer Commanding 3 Division Nigerian Army and Commander Operation SAFE HAVE, Major General Abdulsalam Abubakar, stressed that events such as the championship play a crucial role in preparing troops for a wide range of activities they comes with the terrain in the line of duty.
He called on all participants to approach the competition with utmost seriousness, interest, and a spirit of comradeship. He further encouraged them to display the highest levels of dedication and professionalism throughout the event.
The Chief of Army Staff issued a stern warning against any form of malpractice and drug use emphasizing the importance of upholding the highest standards of discipline and conduct during the championship.
While underscoring the vital role of training in the development of the Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General Lagbaja outlined his command philosophy “To transform the Nigerian Army into a well-trained, equipped, and highly motivated force towards achieving our constitutional responsibilities within a joint environment.” He emphasized that training stands as a major pillar in achieving this vision, focusing on the need for a well-prepared and capable military force.
Administering oath to the participants and the umpires, the Acting Director Physical Training (Army) Brigadier General AR Bello charged the participants to be guided by the laid down rules of the competition to avoid reduction in their marks. He further charged the umpires to ensure fairness and justice to all participant throughout the competition .
The Nigerian Army Inter-Formation Combat Platoon Orienteering and Adventure Championship promises to be an exhilarating showcase of skill, teamwork, and determination, encompassing the commitment of the Nigerian Army to excellence and readiness in fulfilling its constitutional duties.