Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Taoreed Lagbaja has charged all Army corps, establishments and formations to continue to leverage on local capabilities, skills and competencies to ensure effective maintenance of Army equipment.
He gave the charge at the closing ceremony of this year’s Exercise Vulcan Glow IX, organised by Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery-NACA, held at military training range Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Represented by Major General Sani Gambo Mohammed, the Army Chief noted that NACA has continued to upscale its training activities which have impacted positively in the provision of effective fire support to the combat arms in various theatres of ongoing operations.
He acknowledged the significant progress made by the corps in the repairs of various Artillery equipment as well as the commendable strides achieved in research and development.
General Lagbaja expressed optimism that in the nearest future, indigenous research and development efforts would yield the desired results in furtherance of Army operations.
Earlier in his welcome, Artillery Corps Commander, Major General Markus Kangye explained that concerted repair efforts by personnel in collaboration with technical expertise from other military and civil institutions have been successful in getting more platforms serviceable and available for operations.
He pointed out that the need for dedicated efforts by NACA to evolve indigenous solutions to maintenance of guns and equipment in order to enhance fire support to Army operations was imperative, considering the complexities and dynamics of evolving security challenges, and the difficulties associated with procurement of platforms.
Highpoints of the event were execution of fire plan, fire power demonstration among others.
The event had in attendance serving and retired senior officers of various corps, formations and units, as well as personnel of sister security agencies.
The theme of Exercise Vulcan Glow IX 2023 is: “Transforming NACA for effective fire support in asymmetric warfare through sustained research and development and local repair efforts in joint operation environment”