Maj. Gen. Nuhu Angbazo, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division, Nigerian Army Rukuba, Jos, has charged army officers to always exhibit high level of discipline and professional competence.

A statement by Maj Ikechukwu Eze, Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, said  the GOC gave the charge on Wednesday at the close of a 3-day inter-brigade combat proficiency competition by the division which commenced on Monday.

“As officers, let me remind you of the enormous responsibilities and critical role expected of you especially in times like these.

“Apart from breaching the gap between senior officers and soldiers, you are required to exhibit the highest level of discipline and professional competence at all times.

“This competition has therefore given you the opportunity to display your potentials and similarly develop your professional abilities.

‘I therefore urge you to take back to your units and formations the experience gained by putting it to good use for the overall benefit of the Nigerian army at large,” he urged.

Angbazo said the inter-brigade competition  was   to among other things,  enhance  physical endurance, improve leadership traits, organisational ability, spirit-de corp and use of initiative amongst others.

Angbazo added that it was the Chief Of Army  Staff vision to have a professionally responsive Nigerian army in the discharge of its constitutional roles.

A total of 50 officers from the rank of 2nd Lieutenant to Major drawn from five formations in the Division participated in the competition.

The five formations that participated included; Division Garrison, 23 Brigade Yola, 33 Artillery Brigade Bauchi, 43 Engineer Brigade and 53 Signal Brigade.

“The competition featured map reading and navigation,  weapon handling,  five kilometer combat run, obstacle crossing and tug of war.

“At the end of the competition,  43 Engineer Brigade took the first position in order of merit while 3 Division Garrison and 53 Signals brigades took the second and 3rd positions respectively.

“The fourth position went to 33 Artillery Brigade while 23 Brigade took the last position,” it added.

(NAN)