NADCEL 2024: Nigerian Army Recommits to National Unity

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The Nigerian Army is poised to showcase the Army as an instrument of national unity, integration, and development to highlight its achievements, capabilities and enduring reputation with the marking of the 2024 Nigerian Army Day Celebration NADCEL 2024.

The event taking place in Jos the Plateau State capital has as its theme: “Transforming the Nigerian Army: Imperative for Combating Contemporary Security Challenges within a Joint Environment”.

While briefing Journalists on the series of activities air marked for the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2024 at the Army Headquarters Abuja, the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans Army, Major General Abdulsalam Ibrahim, the theme was carefully selected considering the significance of transformation for combat readiness and proficiency towards attaining robust national security.

This according to him supports economic prosperity and resilient democracy, by Mr President’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

“Plateau State was selected for this year’s celebration and the Executive Governor of the State has graciously accepted to host the Nigerian Army. It is instructive to state that 3 Division which is one of the oldest Division in the Nigerian Army is the Host Formation for this year’s Nigerian Army Day Celebration”

“As you may all know, the date; 6 July itself symbolically signifies the day in the Nigerian Civil War when the First Shot was fired in the Nigerian Army’s quest to keep the nation united and indivisible.
Nigerian Army Day Celebration which is hosted annually in a selected State was first celebrated in 1978 in Lagos”
stated the COAS.

Some of the programed scheduled for this year’s celebration include: special Jumma’at Prayers and Interdenominational Church Services will be held across all our formations and units on Friday 28th and Sunday 30th of June respectively.

On 3rd July, we shall have speaking engagement visits to at least one secondary school in each state of the Country and the Federal Capital Territory. The speaking engagement seeks to enlighten the young minds in the selected schools about their Army and promote patriotism and selfless service.

This would be followed by the conduct of Free Medical Outreach and the commissioning of quick impact projects within the host community to elicit their support and cooperation. The Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2024 special Lecture is scheduled to take place at Gowon Hall, Crispan Hotel, Jos on 4th July.

The lecture would deliberate on topical issues affecting all aspects of the Nigerian Army’s transformation so that, going forward the Army can better meet its constitutional obligations.

The Grand Finale will be held at the 3 Division Physical Training Ground, Maxwell Khobe Cantonment on 6th July. This event involves a parade and the Chief of Army Staff Commendation Award as well as armament and equipment display and exhibitions on the historical transformation of the Nigerian Army and some research and development efforts of the Army including some of our partners.

One of the special features would be the award ceremony for the maiden Chief of Army Staff Literary Competitions which the Chief of Army Staff instituted this year and would hold immediately after the celebration’s lecture.


Dominica Nwabufo

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