The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division, Nigerian Army/ Land Component Commander, Joint Task Force, South South, Operation DELTA SAFE, Major General Jamal Abdussalam has charged students of the maiden Drivers’ Basic Course 1/2024 to ensure they are physically, psychologically and ethically fit to be able to drive vehicles in the Nigerian Army(NA). He gave the charge while inaugurating the maiden edition of the course, today, 13 February 2024, at the 6 Division Training School, Port Harcourt Barracks.
Speaking further, General Abdussalam said that the nominated soldiers must learn how to drive responsibly. He added that the NA would want to have drivers that are not reckless and who are capable of maintaining vehicles. Thus, the need for participants to take advantage of the training provided to become good drivers. This, he said, would allow them to be useful to the NA, themselves, and the society as a whole. He also used the medium to warn them against indulging in drug abuse, adding that as a driver the lives of others are often entrusted in their hands, therefore they must be drug-free and ensure they consider it a rare privilege to serve. He further added that the training is in line with the COAS directive for Divisions of the NA to build capacities to enhance operations.
Earlier, the Commander 76 Supply and Transport Brigade, Brigadier General Kingsley Inyang, reiterated that the course is the maiden edition to be organized in 6 Division He further stated that it was organized in line with the mission statement of the GOC, 6 Division which is “To have a Proactive and Result-oriented Attitude amongst Officers and Soldiers of 6 Division for Sustainable Operational Tempo in a Joint Environment.”
Brigadier General Inyang added that the driving training is intended to develop a result-oriented attitude amongst students while building capacity to sustain the tempo of operations in 6 Division. He further reiterated that the training objectives of the Course are to increase the number of trained drivers in 6 Division and to enable personnel to acquire basic driving skills, as well as enhance transportation capability and vehicle maintenance standards of formations and units in 6 Division. It is to this end, he added, that 30 students were drawn from different formations and units to participate in the 12 weeks course which will comprise instructional and practical lecture periods, which is expected to culminate into practical driving sessions.
The inauguration ceremony had commanders of 6 Division affiliated formations and units as well as staff officers in attendance.
The high points of the event were the presentation of a souvenir to the General Officer Commanding by the Commander 76 Supply and Transport Brigade, the inspection of the Drivers Training Wing, and a group photograph.