BY SUNNY A. DAVID
The Nigerian Army has lunched ‘Exercise Golden Dawn’ as part of measures to further strengthen security in the State.
Exercise Golden Dawn, according the Commander 302 Artillery Regiment Onitsha, Col. Abdulkarim Usman, in a welcome address he presented at the flag off ceremony at Igbariam, Anambra East Local Government Area is a routine training exercise in various geopolitical Zones of Nigeria and South Eastern States which providing an avenue to combat insecurity in Anambra State and also foster inter agency cooperation.
Col. Usman said that the rise of insecurity across the Country has made it imperative that the Nigerian Army comes to the aid of civil authority in joint environment, adding that the exercise which commenced on October 4th to end on December 23rd, 2021, is meant to train command and staff of combat arms and services in planning and conduct of Military Operation Other Than War to confront security challenges within their area of responsibility in conjunction with other security agencies
He thanked the troops and other security agencies for the tremendous effort in keeping Anambra State safe and secure, adding that more needs to be done to combat the highlighted security threats in the State.
Col. Usman further disclosed that the Regiment under the leadership of Major General T. A Lagbaja is currently undergoing unprecedented changes as the Regiment and indeed 82 Division have continued to benefit immensely from the Chief of Army Staff, COAS transformational drive.
The Commander explained that remarkable improvements have been recorded, particularly in the refurbishment of Armoured Fighting Vehicles, procurement of new platforms, upgrading of training facilities and construction of new accommodation for officers and soldiers among others
Col. Usman however urged all the sister security agencies and the people of Igbariam Community to participate and cooperate with them for the success of the Exercise.
The Caretaker President General of Igbariam Community Chief Anthony Obueh, who led elders of Igbariam Community to the flag off ceremony, said that the presence of the Military in the Community has given them confidence that there will be absolute peace and security in the State, the Community and its environs.
Chief Obueh promised that they will give the military all the cooperation they need to make the exercise a success.