GOC urges public to partner Army to fight crime, insurgency
The General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Nigerian Army Maj. Gen. Lawrence Fejokwu has urged the public to continue to partner and share with Nigerian Army information that will help to combat crime and insurgency.
Fejokwu made the appeal at the closing of 2021 81 Division Inter Brigade Warrant Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers Competition, hosted by 243 RECCE Battalion, Ibereko, Badagry, Lagos.
According to him, the public should continue to see us as a partner in progress and share valuable information that will help us to fight insurgency and crime.
He commended the host community for maintaining peace with their officers.
The GOC said competition was in line with the charge giving to them by the Chief of Army Staff that they must train our soldiers and continue to train them.
“When we train our soldiers regularly, when we come to combat, it will become a work over.
“Today, we have come to the end of the annual competition aimed at enhancing the professionalism of personnel’s of the ranks of Warrant Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers.
“The competition is aimed at homing the combat and kinetic skills of soldiers in order to enhance their capacity to meet their constitutional roles.
“It is in line with the Chief of Army Staff’s Vision for the NA which is “A Professional Nigerian Army Ready to Accomplish Assigned Tasks within a Joined Environment in Defence of Nigeria.”
‘As you all know, the Opening Ceremony of the event was held on July 12, which was followed by a Live Firing at the Ajilete Range Owode, Ogun State.
“The four formations that participated in the events were 9 Brigade, 35 Artillery Brigade, 45 Engineer Brigade and 81 Division Garrison.
“Other events competed for by the Brigades included Map Reading, Combat Swimming and Obstacle Crossing.
“This event aside from the already stated aim will also serve as a precursor for the various Inter-Divisional competitions which are coming up soon.
“Therefore, I enjoin you all, that for subsequent events like this, personnel of every formation and units must engage in effective training to remain physically and medically fit for any task in defence of Nigeria,” he said.
He congratulated all teams for the keen spirit of sportsmanship exhibited throughout the competition.
“For 9 Brigade who emerged overall winners, I congratulate you for your efforts.
“I wish to thank organizers of this event, judges and umpires, families, friends and well-wishers for all the efforts put in place to make this day’s event a success,” he said.
45 Engineering Brigade took Secord position, third position goes to 81 Div Garrison while 35 Artillery Brigade came fourth.