Ben Ezechime, Enugu
Maj.-Gen. Hassan Dada, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, has charged 95 graduating participants in Operational Planning Cadre to imbibe tenets of teamwork, discipline and professionalism.
“These are the hallmarks of the Nigerian Army and let these guide your actions in the field,” Dada said while declaring close the 82 Division 2024 Operational Planning Cadre held at the Division’s Headquarters in Enugu.
The GOC noted that good decision making, planning, organisation and execution of military operations are skills that every officer must possess.
According to him, this cadre was organised to ensure that this skill-set is sharpened and refined in participants to ensure operations are always successful.
“As stated during my opening remarks few days ago, this cadre is in line with the Command Philosophy of the COAS.
“I, therefore, want to profoundly thank the COAS for his visionary leadership in providing direction for this valuable and innovative training which has enhanced our capabilities in conducting our current and future operations.
“Judging from the enthusiasm generated from presentation on selected topics, I am certain that the objectives of this Cadre have been largely realised.
“I am aware that during this cadre you were extensively taken on the Intelligence Preparation of the Environment and the Military Decisions Making Process which offers proven analytical process that will assist you in developing, integrating and synchronising your plans.
“The knowledge and skills you have acquired will undoubtedly prove crucial to your success in conventional and asymmetric warfare situations,” he said.
The GOC also noted that the practical scenarios that had been simulated had certainly enhanced participants understanding of the complexities in crises situations and how to manage them.
He, however, charged the graduating participants, who are officers from military and para-military formations, to put into practice all they had learnt in their respective formations, units and organisations.
“Remember to continuously brief your men as that is the only way that you can be on the same pedestal with them.
“Whatever you have learnt here must be shared with your men on the ground as you will need them to operate with them to achieve meaningful success,” he said.
He also thanked the resource persons, who have come all the way from Army War College and the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, for making the cadre training a huge success.
“Let me reiterate here that training is a never-ending process; thus, I urge you (graduating participants) to continue to build on the knowledge you have acquired during this Cadre,” he added.
The participants for the cadre, which started on Feb. 5 and ended Feb. 9, were drawn from the Nigerian Air Force; Nigeria Police; NSCDC; DSS, FRSC; Nigerian Customs; Nigerian Immigration Service; NDLEA and Federal Fire Service among others.