From Abdullahi Alhassan, Kaduna
The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) is gearing up to conduct its final outdoor field training exercise, known as ‘Exercise Camp Highland’, for cadets of the 70 Regular Course for Army and Airforce Regiment/Direct Short Service Course 27 Army and Course 31 Airforce.
In a Press Statement made available to newsmen by PRO of the Academy Major Victor Olukoya said, the exercise, taking place in Plateau and Kaduna States from July 30th to August 11th, 2023, aims to test the cadets’ leadership skills, physical fitness, and command and control abilities, among other military competencies.
“The exercise will involve various phases, including Map Reading Exercise at Heipang and Adventure Training at the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre, Shere Hills, Jos, from July 30th to August 4th, 2023”
“Tactical Drills and Battle Inoculation Drills will take place in the Kachia general area from July 31st to August 11th, 2023”
“During the exercise period, communities living around Heipang and Shere Hills in Plateau State, as well as residents of Katul crossing – Fadan Kamanta axis in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, will observe the movement of military personnel, vehicles, and equipment”
“They are advised not to panic and continue their normal daily routine activities, reporting any security breaches to the nearest authorities”
“The Exercise will involve live firing of small arms, Armour, and artillery weapons from August 11th, 2023, near the Nigerian Army Base Camp, Kachia. Locals around Aninkwa, Insame, and neighboring communities are advised to stay away from the live firing area during this period for safety reasons” the statement revealed.
Major Victor in the statement assures that all necessary safety measures and arrangements have been put in place to ensure safety during the exercise.
“The NDA appeals for cooperation from the local communities directly affected and the general public, emphasizing their commitment to training future military leaders for the Nigerian Armed Forces” he stressed.