Army tasks personnel on fitness

By Sumaila Ogbaje
The Nigerian Army has urged officers and troopers to be dedicated to coaching to boost their bodily fitness, preparedness and fight readiness within the discharge of their constitutional duties.
The Chief of Training (Army), Maj.-Gen. Abdulsalami Ibrahim, made the decision on the opening of the Maiden Strategic and Leadership Training Workshop of the Directorate of Army Physical Training (DAPT), on Wednesday in Abuja.
Ibrahim, who was represented by the Deputy Chief of Training, Maj.-Gen. Oluyemi Olatoye, counseled the directorate for the  inputs into the coaching actions for 2022.
He stated that DAPT had within the final one yr, taken steps to galvanise the conduct of tactical degree fitness schedules for Nigerian military personnel.
He added that the directorate additionally performed re-orientation of junior commanders and troopers, on the necessity for integrity within the conduct of bodily effectivity checks, bodily fitness evaluation and different fitness sporting competitions.
“I’m, due to this fact, glad to state that the renewed efforts on reinvigorating bodily fitness coaching has improved the state of fitness of our troops and lowered complaints about fitness degree within the Nigerian military.
“I have to additionally acknowledge the successes of Nigerian Army sportsmen and groups underneath the tutelage of the Directorate of Army Physical Training,“ he stated.
He stated that the victory within the Inter Services Games 2021, the primary place within the Military class and the general Second runner up Trophy within the National Open Swimming Championship 2021 amongst others, had been gratifying.
Ibrahim additionally counseled the Directorate for endeavor in constructive engagements with related stakeholders in the direction of capability constructing and repositioning for larger efficiency.
He stated the drive had led to the conceptualisation of the workshop with the theme “Capacity Building of Directorate of Army Physical Training’s Leadership for Fitness Training Towards Combat Effectiveness in a Joint Environment”.
He stated the workshop was consistent with the COAS’ imaginative and prescient, “to have a Professional Nigerian Army prepared to perform assigned missions inside a joint atmosphere within the defence of Nigeria”.
The Acting Director, DAPT, Brig.-Gen. Olawale Fawole, stated the directorate had made large efforts within the final one yr to place itself by way of numerous improvements on fitness coaching.
Fawole stated that it had labored in the direction of enhancing the capability of its officers and troopers by way of programmes and formal studying experiences on numerous programs each native and overseas.
According to him, “it was with a view to widening our collective information base, in the direction of strengthening our capability to ship on our major roles and tasks, as a part of the efforts at assembly the expectations of the COAS.
“It is gladdening to watch, that on the First Quarter 2022 COAS Conference, the problem of fitness was not one of many challenges reported from the varied theatres of operations throughout the nation.
“Thus, indicating that the group effort on fitness coaching was starting to provide the specified outcomes.
“Notwithstanding the foregoing, there are nonetheless a whole lot of grounds for us to cowl in for the bodily coaching.
“The renewed diligence by officers and troopers of the DAPT on the conduct, analysis and evaluation of bodily effectivity on the tactical degree would require a drive on the important strategic degree of management.
“This drive might solely be correctly outlined and impactful with a symbiosis of concepts and constructive engagement with important stakeholders throughout the spectrum of coaching,” he stated. (NAN) (

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