Gen Obiwulu Charges Youths To Support Security Agencies With Information

The Commander 33 Artillery Brigade, Brig Gen E Egbe has organized football tournament to engage the youths within and outside the Barracks through Civil-military Relations and to promote physical fitness among them.

Speaking at the final match of the second Edition of football tournament organized for youth footballers within and outside Shadawanka Barracks communities in Bauchi state yesterday, the managing director Nigerian Army Special Vehicles Plant, Major General AU Obiwulu has called on youths within the Brigade’s host communities to support security agencies with information to tackle insecurity.

Gen Obiwulu disclosed that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TA Lagbaja encourages such events which are aimed at training, improving Civil-military relations, sportsmanship and discipline.

He congratulated the Commander for bring bringing the youths together through sports, maintaining that sports is a factor that promotes unity among the people.

He further charged the winners of the tournament, Guru FC to celebrate their victory with dignity, saying there must be a winner in every contest.

In his part, the Commander 33 Artillery Brigade, Brig Gen E Egbe, disclosed that the objective of the tournament was to promote good relationships and collaboration with host communities.

He said the gesture would further take their hearts and minds away from crime, discover talents among others.

The Commander commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TA Lagbaja and to the General Officer Commanding 3 Division Nigerian Army and Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN, Maj Gen AE Abubakar for their support and direction in ensuring that the objectives of the competition are met.

He explained that the number of participating teams for the Second Edition (Christmas Edition) of the tournament was increased to 8 clubs as against 6 clubs that played in the first edition in June 2023.

Gen Egbe further explained that the tournament was scheduled to play from 1 to 29 December 2023. He said the final match play and closing ceremony was rescheduled to 5 January 2024 due to the unfortunate killings that happened on Christmas Eve in Jos.

According to him, the reason for the postponement was to commiserate with those that loss their loved once in the incident.

The participating teams in the Second Edition of the 33 Brigade Commanders’ Cup included Tiger Warriors FC, Shadawanka Boys FC, Young Talented FC and Young Stars FC. Others are the Vulcan FC, Green Barret, Guru FC and Abu Ali FC. The Guru FC scored 4 goals against Abu Ali FC in the final match play to emerge winner of the trophy in the tournament.

Highlights of the closing ceremony were presentation of award medals to the first, second and third positions in the tournament. Others are token presentations to the officials and to all teams that participated in the tournament. Presentations were also made to individual players and teams that distinguished themselves during the tournament.

The ceremony was attended by villages heads from Guru and Shadawanka villages, invited guests, officers, soldiers, corps members, fans and well wishers both with and outside Shadawanka Barracks communities.

The climax of the ceremony was the presentation Champion Trophy to Guru FC and group photographs.

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