The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya has reiterated the significance of the Combat Service Support Corps of the Nigerian Army (NA) in translating the Army to a more effective fighting force.
Lt. Gen. Yahaya stated this on Thursday, 29 September 22 at the Bonfire Night that mark 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. A.O. Akintade in his remarks said the exercise will assist the Logistics Corps of the Nigerian Army on their roles in providing logistics support and sustenance to combat troops.
Yahaya therefore urged for the translation of the lessons garnered from the exercise to reality in order 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 NA.
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. A.E. Edet while giving the vote of thanks to the Special Guest of Honor and other dignitaries stated that the exercise has afforded participants the opportunity to properly conduct logistics elements movement from concentration area to Bde Support Area, establishment of information centre and its importance, how to prepare logistic estimates, consideration for selecting and establishing of 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, Commissioning of Modern Spraying and Painting Booth, and 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.