By Taiwo Adebowale
The extensive deployment of simulation technologies for capacity building and force multiplication by officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army (NA) in aid to ongoing military operations across the country has been urged by the new Nigerian Army Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya.
The Army chief gave the charge at the Land Forces Simulation Centre Nigeria, Giri, Abuja on Monday, July 26, while declaring open a 5-day Simulation Excercise codenamed EX LION HEART.
The Army Director of Courses, Department of Training, Brigadier General Ibikunle Ajose who represented the COAS said on his behalf that the exercise is in line with his vision for the Nigerian Army, which is to have “A Professional Nigerian Army Ready to Accomplish Assigned Missions within a Joint Environment in Defence of Nigeria.”
The Army chief commended the Centre for collaborating with relevant organisations and agencies that have huge wealth of experience in simulation technology in an effort to fast track its development.
The Army chief appreciated the support of the MASA Group and Bohemia Interactive Simulation, both of which, he said, availed the centre trial versions of MASA Simulated War gaming for Operational Readiness and Doctrine (SWORD) and the Virtual Battle Space Series 4 software, respectively. He assured the Centre of requisite administrative and logistics support to make it a centre of international repute.
In his address, Major General Felix Omoigui, the Director General Land Forces Simulation Centre Nigeria, said the exercise, jointly organised with the Defence Simulation Centre Jaji, is aimed at enhancing the capacity of the technical staff of the centres and sister security services for operational planning and decision making.
According to him, “the exercise will equally sharpen the skills of personnel of the centres and the Nigerian Army in the newly acquired simulation software. He added that the joint exercise will further build capacity on the use of the MASA SWORD software. He expressed gratitude to the COAS for his support to the centre and for providing the needed logistics for the exercise.
In attendance at the event were serving and retired and senior officers drawn from various formations and units of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies. The presentation of souvenir to the COAS was the highpoint of the event.