From Onyinyechi IHEANACHO, Abuja
The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, will commence Exercise Camp Highland. It is the final outdoor exercise for Army cadets of 67 Regular Course and Short Service Course 46 and is slated from 5th of July to 25th of July 2020 at Heipang and Shere Hills, Jos, Plateau State, as well as Kachia, Kaduna State, where it will conclude with the tactical phase.
In a press release by Major Abubakar Abdullahi, Academy Public Relations Officer, the exercise is designed to test cadets’ leadership qualities, endurance, map reading, command and control capabilities among other military competences. It is also a major platform used to ascertain the level of preparedness of final year Army cadets before their commissioning as officers in the Nigerian Armed Forces.
He further informed that communities living around Heipang and Shere Hills in Barikin Ladi and Jos, Plateau State, are not to panic on seeing unusual large movement of military personnel, vehicles and equipment in the general area on the same days.
He said that similarly, residents of Angwan Patachi, Antai, Gadanaji and Kuturan Buzu in Kachia LGA of Kaduna State will observe same movements from July 11 to 25 July 2020 and that locals should continue their daily routines accordingly but should report any breach of security to the nearest authority.
Furthermore, Major Abdullahi revealed that during the 3 week exercise, NDA will embark on various Civil-Military Cooperation activities in the exercise area in Kachia and Jos. Moreso, battle inoculation which include live firing of small arms and artillery weapons will also be conducted within the general exercise area in Kachia. Locals of Aninkwan, Insame and neighbouring communities are advised to please stay away from the live firing area during the period of the exercise.
The Academy PRO then appealed for cooperation from local communities to be affected by the exercise directly and Nigerians as a whole as they train future military leaders for our Armed Forces.