24 December 2012

Nigeria: Female Soldiers to Receive Training On Terrorism - COAS

Minna — The Nigerian Army has concluded arrangement for the commencement of training of female soldiers in counter terrorism and special operation, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Azubuike Ihejirika, has said.

Lt. General Ihejirika, who was represented by the Commander, Corps of Artillery, Major General Amnon .K. Kwaskebe, made the disclosure over the weekend during the passing out ceremony of the 8th basic counter terrorism training course conducted by the Nigerian Army Training Centre (NATRAC), Kontagora, Niger State.

He said the training in counter terrorism became imperative in view of the security challenges facing the country with special attention to curbing of terrorism, insurgency, hostage taking/kidnapping, armed robbery and assassinations, among others.

"The training you have received within the last five weeks of rigorous activities has moulded you sufficiently with the requisite professional competence to tackle the challenges you likely to meet in the field", he said.

The Chief of Army Staff also said young officers are noted for unprofessional conduct bordering on indiscipline, negligence and illegal duties while on operation, saying "to bridge the gap, a well packaged leadership training has been incorporated into your course to equip you with requisite knowledge to become effective leaders"

In his response, Commander of NATRAC, Major General A. S. Audu, commended the Chief of Army Staff for the financial provision of all essential requirements to run the course.

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