The Nigerian Army on Sunday ended its Inter-Brigade Combat and Proficiency Competition with 81 Division Garrison emerging the overall winner with a total of 460 points.
The event, held at the training ground of the 35 Artillery Brigade Alamala in Abeokuta, Ogun, saw the 35 Artillery Brigade contingents clinching the second position with 440 points, while 9th Brigade emerged second runner-up with 410 points.
The four Brigades of the 81 Division Nigerian Army including 81 Division garrison, 9 Brigade, 45 Artillery Brigade and the host 35 Artillery Brigade, participated in the competition.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, the General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Maj.-Gen.Obinna Ajunwa, said the competition was meant to improve strength, confidence and combat readiness of the officers to face any security challenge.
Ajunwa represented by Brig.-Gen. O. B Davies, noted that the aims and objectives of the five day competition had been achieved.
He commended the participants and implored them to be more productive in their given tasks .
He explained that the competition was organised to improve junior leadership training , organisational ability and inculcate initiative in the stipulated rank perfect of non-commission officers in the division.
“Apart from competing among yourselves, I believe that the competition has fostered what we all desired to achieve.
“Likewise, the stamina and endurance displayed by the various commission during the combat swimming and just concluded obstacle competition is indeed highly commendable.
“Those of you that performed well in this competition would be privileged to represent the division at Nigerian Army level organised competition,” he said.
The Commanding Officer of 35 Artillery Brigade and host of the competition, Brig.-Gen. Muhammed Aminu, commended participants for their hardwork, urging them not to relent and try to do more in the next competition.
The participants competed in proficiency-enhancing competitions such as swimming, weapon handling, map reading and navigation, as well as shoot and obstacle crossing.