A competitive training exercise designed to enhance the capacity of Nigerian Army personnel under 82 Division has ended in Calabar, Cross River State, southern Nigeria.
Four formations participated in the exercise tagged “the 82 Division Inter-Brigade Combat Proficiency Competition”.
The formations included 14 brigade, Abia State; 34 Artillery, Owerri, Imo State; 82 Division Garrison, Enugu, Enugu State and the host, 13 Brigade, Calabar in Cross River.
13 Brigade emerged overall best competing team with 360 points, closely followed by 14 Brigade, Abia and in third place 34 Artillery Brigade, Imo State, while 82 Div Garrison Enugu came last on the medals table.
In a message, the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 82 Division, Major General Emmanuel Kabuk, congratulated the personnel for actively participating in the event, which he noted was “to develop physical fitness foster espirit de corps and cultivate competitive spirit among competing formations. Also, it is intended to rekindle the winning spirit, while at the same time, practicing them on basic skills to overcome the current security challenges that we face as a country,” he said.
Major General Kabuk, who was represented by the Commander 14 Brigade Abia State, Brigadier General Abdul Khalifa Ibrahim, said that the Division would select outstanding participant for the Nigerian Army Sports Festival in Obudu Ranch next month.
“To the participants, I congratulate you for your commitment and spirit of sportsmanship. You have all done well,” he said.
“One of the objectives of this competition is to select a team that will represent the Division at the forthcoming Nigerian Army Sports Festival at Obudu Cattle Ranch in October. Therefore some of you will be selected to fly 82 Division’s flag”.
“As you have made your various brigades proud, you go to Obudu and make 82 Division proud by winning all the available trophies,” he said.
The GOC commended the State Government and the people of Cross River for its support to the army and hoped that the goodwill would impact the performance of the team at the games in October.
“Calabar is known for its tourists activities and in the recent past been described as a fountain of luck by teams that have their practice here, and always end up winning. I hope the sight and sound of this beautiful city as well as the luck that comes along with preparing in Calabar shines on 82 Division at the forthcoming competition at Obudu,” the GOC added.
The formations competed for laurels in five events such as the 10 kilometre Combat Run, Weapons Handling and Shooting, Combat Swimming, Map Navigation and lastly Thug-of- War.