Logistics Will Play A Key Role In The Goal Of Translating The Nigerian Army To A More Effective Fighting Force, COAS Affirms

The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya has reiterated the significance of the Combat Service Support Corps of the Nigerian Army in translating the Nigerian Army into a more effective fighting force. He stated this on Thursday 29 Sep 22 at the Bonfire Night that marks the Grand Finale of the two weeks Combat Service Support Exercise that started on 19 Sep 22 at the Nigerian Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Auchi Edo State.

The Chief of Army Staff, who was ably represented by the Chief of Logistics (Army) Maj Gen AO Akintade in his remarks said the exercise will assist the Logistics Corps of the Nigerian Army in their roles in providing logistics support and sustenance to combat troops. He, therefore, urged for the translation of the lessons garnered from the exercise to reality to enhance the conduct of the Nigerian Army Operations.

In his opening remarks, the Exercise host, Corps Commander Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Maj Gen A Mohammed expressed his profound gratitude to the visionary leadership of the COAS for his support in enhancing the capacity of the Combat Service Support Corps for a more robust logistics support to the NA. He added that the maiden exercise was designed to sharpen the skills of the Combat Service Support Corps for the provision of more efficient logistics support to the Nigerian Army.

Maj Gen A Mohammed stated that the exercise nicknamed “Exercise Agbahon Agademi” meaning sustaining the fighter’s hope in Etsako local dialect is aimed at addressing salient issues of logistics support including siting and deployment of logistics installations, administration of troops in the field, troops resupply and replenishment, equipment and medical support amongst others.

The Exercise Sponsor, Commandant Nigerian Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Brig Gen AE Edet while giving the vote of thanks to the Special Guest of Honor and other dignitaries stated that the exercise has allowed participants to properly conduct logistics elements movement from concentration area to BDE Support Area, the establishment of information centre and its importance, how to prepare logistic estimates, consideration for selecting and establishing of the logistic support area, how to plan security of logistic support area, preparation, and presentation of Combat Service Support Orders amongst others.

The Exercise also witnessed the Commissioning of a new fully furnished residence for Regimental Sergeant Major NASEME, the Commissioning of the Modern Spraying and Painting Booth, and the commissioning of 2 x SNCO Quarters.

Other dignitaries in attendance were Commander TRADOC Maj Gen SO Olabanji, Corps Commander Ordnance Maj Gen AM Alabi,  Corps Commander Supply and Transport Maj Gen E Akerejola, Rep of Corps Commander Medical, Comdt NACOL, Rep of GOC 2 Div NA, past EME Corps Commander and Royal fathers in Auchi villages and kingdoms.

The Exercise was concluded on Friday 30 Sep 22, with Washup/Debriefing and Medical outreach for the people of Ogbonna Community and environs.