On April 13, 2023, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Toareed Lagbaja, rallied the troops of 6 Division, Nigerian Army, urging them to relentlessly pursue economic saboteurs and eliminate them entirely. Speaking in Port Harcourt during his inaugural visit to the 6 Division Area of Responsibility, General Lagbaja emphasized the Federal Government’s primary objectives: economic recovery, security, and infrastructural development. He stressed the vital role troops play in safeguarding the nation’s oil industry, a linchpin for economic stability.

General Lagbaja underscored the troops’ loyalty to the Constitution and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, urging them to uphold discipline and commitment to their constitutional duties. He reminded them of the importance of adhering to operational codes of conduct to ensure the safety and security of society. General Lagbaja expressed his desire to receive positive feedback about the troops’ performance throughout Exercise STILL WATERS III.

During his visit, General Lagbaja inaugurated significant projects and essential operational platforms, including a fleet of 10 Gunboats, enhancing the Nigerian Army’s amphibious operations in the Niger Delta region. He emphasized ongoing efforts to acquire additional platforms to bolster the army’s operational capabilities in riverine domains.

At the 6 Division Step Up Headquarters in Ahoada, General Lagbaja highlighted the necessity of inter-agency collaboration, stressing the importance of unity among different security agencies. He urged them to work as comrades, consolidating existing interagency cooperation for a more cohesive security environment.

Major General Jamal Abdussalam, the General Officer Commanding 6 Division, expressed gratitude for the COAS’s strategic, moral, and financial support to the Division. He clarified that Exercise STILL WATERS III provided an opportunity for commanders and operatives to conduct effective operational planning, logistics preparation, Military Operations Other than War (MOOW), and tactical amphibious operations. The exercise also focused on civil-military activities aimed at winning the hearts and minds of the local populace.

The visit culminated in the flagging off of Exercise STILL WATERS III in Rivers State, along with courtesy calls on Governor Sir Siminalayi Fubara. Several projects were commissioned, including Gunboats, a remodeled 6 Division Headquarters Complex reception, twin Regimental Sergeant Majors quarters, an Ordnance tailoring factory, and a new office complex accommodating the Headquarters 26 Support Engineer Regiment, showcasing the commitment to enhancing security and infrastructure in the region.

\[Source: Army Public Relations, October 13, 2023, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu\]


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