Samuel Luka, Bauchi
Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnel have been advised to always ensure physical fitness through active participation in group exercises.
The commander of the Nigerian Army, Armour Corp, Bauchi, Maj. Gen. Sani Ahmed gave the advice during the 2023 10 kilometers Walk/ Jog for NAF personnel of the Special Operations Command Bauchi weekend.
Maj. Gen. Mohammed who served as the Guest of Honor at the occasion, said physical fitness can benefit personnel by boosting their productivity and build teamwork amongst the entire military apparatus.
Represented by his Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Abubakar Haruna, the Commander noted that the best way to serve the cause of peace and defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria is by being physically and psychologically fit.
According to him, been physically and psychologically fit will enable the personnel to carry out their responsibilities as defenders of the nation.
He said, “for sound minds, we should have sound bodies. That is why the military world over attaches so much importance to the physical fitness exercises and bodybuilding culture.”
The Army Commander urged the personnel not to always wait for the Nigeria Air Force to organize the Physical fitness exercises and programmes before engaging in sports.
He further enjoined them to always create time to engage in activities that would build their strength such as cardiovascular endurance, agility , flexibility and coordination to ensure optimal performances of their responsibilities.
Also speaking, the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Special Operations Command, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Abubakar Abdulkadir said the aim of the 10 kilometer Walk / Jog was designed by NAF to Foster discipline regimentation and esprit de corp among service personnel.
The AOC who was represented by his Chief of Staff, AVM Enebong Effiong said NAF places high premium on fitness and has the interest to see personnel represent the nation at national and international events.
He commended the sister security agencies for attending the annual walk and jogging exercise in the NAF base.
The AOC also urged the personnel to take care of their health as it is cheaper to maintain a healthy body by participating in regular exercises.
Our correspondent reports that in the 10 KM jog a s Brig. Gen.Fawole Olawale who represents the Commandant Nigerian Army Armour School, Bauchi Maj Gen. Wale Adekeye came first position among all the security and paramilitary agencies and emage third overall among all the participants.
He appreciated the AOC special Command for organising the Walk and Jogging exercise , saying this would strengthen the relationship among the sister agencies.
Awards and prizes were distributed to different categories of winners during the exercise.