The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has charged officers and men of the Nigerian Army to continue to imbibe the spirit of comradeship amongst themselves.
Gen. Buratai gave the charge Wednesday in Port Harcourt while declaring open the 2019 Inter-Brigade Sports Competition in Port Harcourt.
Represented by the General Officer Commanding 6 Division, Nigerian Army and Land Component Commander (LCC) Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe (JTF OPDS), Maj Gen Jamil Sarham, Gen. Buratai enjoined participants to embrace the spirit of sportsmanship, fair-play and esprit de-corps throughout the period of the competition.
In his remarks, the General Officer Commanding 6 Division of the Nigerian Army Maj. Gen. Sarham represented by the Chief of Staff (COS), Headquarters 6 Division, Brig Gen Olatokumbo Bello described the event as a landmark that would bring together both officers and soldiers from various formations and units under the Division.
He expressed the hope that the competition would also serve as an avenue to promote mutual cooperation and comradeship amongst the participants.
He emphasised that, training and retraining of personnel in the Nigerian Army remain pivotal in achieving the required regimentation, professional responsiveness and maintaining combat efficiency needed to tackle the various security challenges facing the Nation in line with the vision of the COAS which is -“To have a Professionally Responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its Constitutional Roles”.
The GOC reiterated the belief that a well trained personnel would effectively command men and equipment placed under command to achieve the best results. He charged the participants to see the competition as an important professional exercise, urging them to take advantage of the opportunity to enhance their level of alertness and overall professional standing.
The ceremony taking place at the 6 Division Sports Ground in Port Harcourt Barracks, Rivers State, heralds several sporting activities including Football, Volleyball, Basket ball and Tug-of-War between the various formations and units under the Division.
The event is an annual activity in the Nigerian Army Calendar and will last from Monday 24th to Friday 28th of June 2019.