By: Emmanuel Couson
The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) will conduct its final outdoor Field Training Exercise for Army Cadets of Short Service Course 47.
The exercise codenamed CAMP HIGHLAND will take place in Plateau and Kaduna States, respectively, from 8 – 29 January 2022.
According to Major Bashir Muhhamed Jajira Academy Public Relations Officer of the NDA, it is designed to test the cadets leadership skills, physical fitness, as well as command and control abilities, among other military competencies.
“The Exercise is an important military training activity used in ascertaining the preparedness of the Army cadets for commissioning as Officers into the Nigerian Armed Forces. Phases of the Exercise that would take place in Plateau State include Map Reading Exercise at Heipang and Adventure Training at the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre, Shere Hills, Jos, from 8 – 14 January 2022″‘
He said Tactical Drills and Battle Inoculation Drills would take place in Kachia general area from 14 – 29 January 2022.
“Consequently, communities living around Heipang and Shere Hills, Jos in Plateau State would observe mass movement of military personnel, vehicles and equipment in the general area from 8-15 January 2022. Similarly, residents of KATUL CROSSING – FADAN KAMANTA axis in ZAGON KATAF Local Government Area of Kaduna State will observe same tactical drills involving firing /simulation of small arms and artillery fire from 15 -19 January 2022. Residents in the general areas mentioned above are therefore advised not to panic but to go about their normal daily routine activities without fear”
However, citizens are advised to report any breach of security to the nearest authorities.
Continuing he said “Battle Inoculation, which would involve live firing of small arms, amour and artillery weapons will be conducted from 20 – 29 January 2022 within the Military Exercise Area near Nigerian Army Base Camp, Kachia. Therefore, locals around ANINKWA, INSAME and neighboring communities are advised to stay away from the live firing area during the period of the exercise.”
The military guaranteed that it would provide the necessary safety measures and arrangements to ensure safety in the exercise areas.
Appealing for cooperation from the local communities directly affected by the Exercise and Nigerians as a whole, the exercise is meant to train future military leaders for our Armed Forces.