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The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division Nigerian Army/ Land Component Commander, Joint Task Force, South South, Operation DELTA SAFE, Major General Jamal Abdussalam has emphasized  the need for a realistic and battle focused training to effectively combat the  security challenges within 6 Division Area of Responsibility(AOR). 

Major General Adussalam made the call during the inauguration of Exercise SHINNING STAR IV at the 6 Division Training School, Port Harcourt, Barracks, Rivers State.  

Speaking further, the GOC who was represented by the Chief of Staff, 6 Division, Brigadier General Babatunde Omopariola restated that the concept of the Exercise is to provide a common platform for harmonized post-basic training to selected young soldiers,  after their initial military training at Depot Nigerian Army. He added that training is designed to improve the soldiers’ knowledge and capability to effectively counter current security challenges in a complex operating environment, particularly in 6 Division AOR. 

The GOC charged the  participants to take advantage of the training opportunity provided to sharpen their skills to enable them to carry out their responsibilities professionally. This he said, is in line with the Chief of Army Staff, Command Philosophy which is “To Transform the Nigerian Army into a Well-Trained, Equipped and Highly Motivated Force Towards Achieving our Constitutional Responsibilities within a Joint Environment.” 

Earlier, in his remarks, the Acting Division Training Officer(DTO), Lt Col Abdullahi Manu stated that the training is aimed at building the abilities of participants, enhance  their confidence in weapon handling as well as acquainting them with team manoeuvre skills. He further added that emphasis would be placed on minor tactics, tactical drills, and live firing. This, he said, would significantly improve their level of proficiency in the field. 

The acting DTO further implored the participants to maximize the opportunity offered by the training exercise to develop their individual and group abilities in carrying out assigned tasks. He emphasized  that instructors are well prepared to ensure the objectives of the training are achieved.



Acting Deputy Director 

6 Division Army Public Relations 

20 September 2023

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