140 recruits from the Somali National Army (SNA) graduated from infantry training which is a UK-supported training facility in Baidoa, the capital of Southwest State in Somalia on Wednesday.
The troops learned about gained skills in offensive and defensive operations, basic command and control, checkpoints, leadership, live firing, combat first aid, the law of armed conflict, human rights, and gender, among other skills that will help them conduct effective security operations in the country.
Southwest state President, Abdiasis Hassan Mohamed presided over the passing out parade while UK ambassador, Ben Fender OBE, Defense Minister, Hassan Mohamed, and SNA chief General Odowa Rage attended the event.
“The new company will help the Somali National Army to conduct effective operations in the region to counter Al Shabaab. “Southwest state leader, Abdiaziz Hassan Mohamed ‘Laftagareen’ said.
On his part, UK ambassador said his government will continue providing capacity building to SNA to strengthen stability in Somalia.
“The UK is supporting Somalia to strengthen its security institutions and governance to deliver effective operations. One way to do this is through the provision of crucial infrastructure such as barracks.” Ambassador Ben Fender said.
Over 400 SNA soldiers have been trained over 12 months by British military advisors forming the first battalion.