By Solomon Attah
In a bid to expose it female folks to be combate ready amidst the growing security challenges, the Nigeria Army has said that the military authority is in lack of female snipers and masksmen who would take the lead at the international level.
The Ag. Commander, Nigeria Army Women’s Corps, Brigadier General Preye Fakrogha at the opening of a 3-day 2019 Nigeria Army Women’s Corps firing competition, held at the 177 Shitu Also Baracks in keffi.
He acknowledged that, despite the achievements of the military authority, “a major impediment to the success of our operations remains the dearth of female snippers and masksmen” in the force
“We are this seeking for opportunities to take part more frequently in both local and international firing exercise and competitions, which will greatly assist in building the much needed weapon handling skills and proficiency of our women*
Fakrogha hoped that the exercise would improve on it effort to enhance the combat readiness and professional efficiency of the female military personnel.
He said that the firing exercise would allow Nigeria Army Women’s Corps to build on their previous experiences in a practical way and to practice the efficiency of her personal, which “has been made compulsory for the female soldiers in and around Abuja to enable those that have not been involved in any of their outongs the opportunity to learn”.
He explained that, aside from observing and testing the weapon handling ability of the female soldiers, the exercise would exposed them to the fundamentals of maskmanship which included trigger control, follow through and proper breathing.
Other areas of focus during the 3-day training was to increase the confidence, abilities and experience of the personnel, improve well balanced posture, shooter’s accuracy, speed, mobility, increase stamina, strength and dexterity.
He noted that, in order to enhance the effectiveness of it personnel, all these skills are important during operational engagement, even as he called for the need to build the capacity of, especially female soldiers in areas of weapon handling to keep them abreast with their make counter parts.