The Nigerian Army has flagged-off a 3-day maiden firing competition for female soldiers with a view to upgrading the skills of the personnel in weapon handling and proficiency.
DAILY NIGERIAN report that the maiden shooting competition, which took place in Shittu Alao Barracks in Keffi, Nasarawa State, was meant for women military personnel from barracks in Abuja and its environs.
Also, it was gathered that tthe female soldiers were trained on how to used 20 rounds of ammunition within 35 seconds in a distance of 200 meters.
Declaring the event open, the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, represented by John Ochai, the Director Campaign Planning at the army headquarters, commended the women for distinguishing themselves during many operations, encouraging them to keep the flag flying.
Earlier, Preye Fakrogba, the acting commander of Nigerian Army women corps, disclosed that the competition was the first of its kind in the history of Nigerian army.
Mr Fakrogha said that one of the objectives of the shooting was to ensure effective utilization of the potential of female personnel to support Nigerian army operations.
Some of the objectives, according to him, are to teach the women the fundamentals of marksmanship which include trigger control and increase the confidence of the personnel.
He added that it would also improve a well-balanced posture which, in turn, increases shooter’s accuracy, speed, mobility, stamina, strength and dexterity.
Mr Fakrogha, who commended Mr Buratai for creating the female corps unit in the army, solicited for more opportunity for the female personnel to participate in both local and international shooting competitions.