Olanrewaju Arotimi, Calabar
The 13 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Calabar, has emerged the overall
champion at the end of the 82 Division Garrison Inter-Brigade
The Inter-Brigade Warrant Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned
Officers competition finals, held at the headquarters of 13 brigade in
Calabar yesterday, featured Weapons handling, Drills, Combat swimming,
Obstacle crossing, Navigation, 10 kilometers combat and 5 kilometers
fitness run, respectively.
Our Correspondent reports that the 13 Brigade came overall top in the
exercise with 630 points.
The 13 Brigade was trailed in the second position by 34 Artillery
Brigade Owerri, while the 82 Division Enugu clinched the third
position in the keenly contested competition.
In his closing remarks at the event, the Special Guest of Honor, Major
General H.T. Dada, re-emphasized the need for continuous exercise in
the service, noting that training remains the bedrock of military
Dada, who is the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division
Garrison, Enugu, expressed satisfaction over the level of competitions
held, adding that the Division will strive to maintain her training
schedules in line with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) vision.
Represented by the Commandant, Amphibious Training School (ATS),
Calabar, Brigadier General R.S. Omolori, the GOC said the competition
was timely because it will go a long way to improve the combat
readiness of the Nigerian Army officers and men.
“I am highly delighted to be in your midst this morning as the Special
Guest of Honour to draw the curtain on the 82 Division Inter-Brigade
Warrant Officers and Senior Officers Competition 2023. In the last 4
days, we have witnessed passion, doggedness, dexterity, skills and
professionalism from all the participants. This glamorous outing is in
no doubt a culmination of hard work, discipline and resourcefulness
put in at various levels of preparation by the various contingents.
“Most importantly, purposeful training which is the bedrock of
military professionalism was the catalyst to what we have witnessed
during the competition.
“Accordingly, I urge the Division to continue to pursue its training
schedules in order to perfect on current tactics, techniques and
procedures and as well acquire new ones with a view to realizing the
COAS Vision. You should strengthen the areas of observed weaknesses
and those areas of strength could be consolidated upon”, he said.
The GOC applauded the spirit of sportsmanship exhibited by the
competing brigades, urging the winners to be magnanimous in victory
while he called on the losers to strive harder in future competitions.
In his remarks, the Commander,13 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Calabar,
Brig. Gen. E.I. Okoro, said the exercise was apt, disclosing that it
will help to enhance the bond among the military personnel as well as
ensure the physical and mental fitness needed for both professional
efficiency and operational effectiveness.
Okoro, who was elated especially in the physical fitness and weapon
handling categories, commended the participating troops for the level
of discipline, motivation and comradeship exhibited during the four
A total of five (5) Army formations including the 82 Division
Garrison, 13 Brigade Calabar, 14 Brigade, 34 Artillery Brigade as well
as the 44 Engineering Brigade participated in the fascinating drill.
Highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of a trophy to the
champion of the competition by the representative of the GOC, General