The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division Nigerian Army Major General Hassan Taiwo Dada has charged graduates of Second Quarter Basic Battle Course 5 of 2023 to be physically and mentally alert in dealing with all forms of criminality bedeviling the country.
The GOC gave the charge during the graduation ceremony of course at 82 Division Training School training area Abakpa Cantonment Enugu.
In his remarks, the GOC noted that “the course has developed their individual physical fitness as well as team spirit.”
General Dada revealed that “the endurance and mental alertness achieved during the course will enable them to withstand extreme weather, hunger fatigue and sleep deprivation which are normal experiences in battle.”
The GOC expressed his gratitude to the Chief of Army Staff Major General Taoreed Lagbaja for his unflinching support to the Division and for making available resources for the course.
He further commended the Division Training Officer (DTO) and instructors of 82 Division Training School for their commitment in ensuring the successful conduct of the course.
Earlier in his welcome address, the DTO Brigadier General Okhume Ejere appreciated the GOC for his support to make the course successful.
The DTO noted that the course was aimed at exposing soldiers to realistic training and to develop their individual abilities and encourage team spirit.
He further stated that the students were tutored on Counter Insurgency Operations, Field Training, Counter Improvised Explosive Devices training, Tactical drills, Weapon Handling amongst others.
The DTO also commended the instructors and the good conduct displayed by the students during their training period and urged them to be good ambassadors of the school and the Nigeria Army in their future engagements.
Highlights of the graduation ceremony were the demonstration of tactical field exercises, presentation of certificates and group photograph.