Premium Times (Abuja)

6 June 2014

Nigeria: Boko Haram - Nigerian Army Opens More Training Schools

The Nigerian Army on Friday commenced a nationwide special training programme on combating insurgency for its officers and men.

The Commandant, Infantry Corps, Armed Forces Command and Staff College of the Nigerian Army, Jaji, Mohammed Abubakar, made the disclosure in Kaduna.

Mr. Abubakar, a Major General, spoke at the inauguration of 1 Division Nigerian Army Headquarters Training School.

He said the training would improve the basic knowledge and skills of soldiers to enable them effectively curb insurgency.

"We have introduced different aspects of training as the existing schools cannot cope with the increasing number of soldiers we are recruiting.

"So we deem it necessary to re-establish these schools at each division to help us give basic training for soldiers instead of waiting until they get to training schools in Jaji, Bauchi, Kachia," Mr. Abubakar said.

In a remark, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division, Kenneth Osuji, said the schools would expand areas of training of soldiers and officers in each division.

"The establishment of these schools is going to provide the platform for more officers and soldiers to be trained.

"We have training schools, but we want as much soldiers to be trained because if we rely on the schools, it will take a longer time for the large number of soldiers and officers to be trained.

"We have to get the basic training on some specialised skills," Mr. Osuji said.

The Nigerian Army has been at the forefront of the battle against the Boko Haram insurgents whose actions have caused the death of over 12,000 people since 2009.

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