As the Nigerian Army 63 Brigade’s flagged off ‘Exercise Still Water,’ a military training exercise at the Brigade Base Camp on the Asaba/Benin expressway, Delta Governor Dr. Okowa, on Monday, commended the Nigeria Army for its commitment to the security of the state and the nation.
Represented by his deputy, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, Governor Okowa observed that military training exercises were standard practice to build military muscle and avoid fatigue, noting that ‘Exercise Still Water’ would enhance the operational and combat readiness of the troops.
Okowa identified the growing security challenges in the country as placing a huge burden on Nigeria’s military, and called for innovative and progressive approaches to the management of the country’s internal security challenges.
Emphasizing that Delta State has invested a lot in security support, Governor Okowa assured the Nigeria Army and other security agencies of his administration’s unalloyed support to engage in intensive internal security duties in the state.
The governor appealed to the military authorities to remain professional and steadfast to the standard rules of engagement, as they interface with the civil population in the State, as they strive to actualize the vision of the ‘Exercise Still Water.’
“This administration has achieved a lot in reducing insecurity across the state to the barest minimum except for a few instances of armed robbery and kidnapping,” Okowa said.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division of the Nigerian Army and Land Component Commander, Operation Delta Safe, Major General Sani Mohammed said ‘Exercise Still Water’ would be conducted in the four brigades under the division in all military formations and units.
The GOC 6 Division, represented by Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Ikomi, noted that the exercise was being flagged off simultaneously in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Rivers and Delta states and urged the troops to carry out their duties in line with stipulated rules of engagement.
He said the exercise would be conducted jointly by troops of the 63 Brigade, Asaba, and personnel from paramilitary agencies drawn from the various commands in the state, stressing that it would also strengthen civil military relations.