The General Officer Commanding 6 Division, Nigerian Army (NA) and Land Component Commander (LCC) Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe (JTF OPDS), Maj Gen Jamil Sarham has on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai formally declared opened the 2019, 6 Division Inter-Brigades Sports Competition.
The ceremony took place at the 6 Division Sports Ground in Port Harcourt Barracks, Rivers State, heralds several sporting activities including Football, Volleyball, Basket ball and Tug-of-War between the various formations and units under the Division. The event is an annual activity in the NA Calendar and will last from Monday 24th to Friday 28th of June 2019.
At the occasion to declare the competition opened, the GOC was represented by the Chief of Staff (COS), Headquarters 6 Division, Brig Gen Olatokumbo Bello described the event as a landmark that would bring together both officers and soldiers from various formations and units under the Division. He expressed the hope that the competition would also serve as an avenue to promote mutual cooperation and comradeship amongst the participants.
He emphasised that, training and retraining of personnel in the NA remain pivotal in achieving the required regimentation, professional responsiveness and maintaining combat efficiency needed to tackle the various security challenges facing the Nation in line with the vision of the COAS which is -“To have a Professionally Responsive NA in the discharge of its Constitutional Roles”.
The GOC reiterated the belief that a well trained personnel would effectively command men and equipment placed under command to achieve the best results. He charged the participants to see the competition as an important professional exercise, urging them to take advantage of the opportunity to enhance their level of alertness and overall professional standing.
He enjoined them to participate actively and give the competition all the seriousness it deserves while further urging them to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship, fair-play and esprit de-corps throughout the period of the competition.