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Nigerian Army Enhances Capacity of Officers, Soldiers – COAS

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Musa Na Allah Sokoto

The Nigerian Army 8 Division headquarters has in efforts to enhance professionalism and discipline in the service commenced the second regimental sergeant majors 2022 conversation aimed at enhancing regimentation.

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya has said, the army would sustain the drive for capacity building of officers and men to enhance competence and professionalism in the Service.

Speaking at the opening of the Second 2022 Regimental Staff Majors Convention held at the 8 Division Headquarters, Giginya Barracks Sokoto, COAS said training remain key and one of the cardinal principle of his policy drive to improve the operations of the army in view of the security challenges as well relations with citizens in the general environment.

He noted that RSMs were a pivotal segment of army personnel whom he described as bridge builders and custodians of discipline, respect, and culture in the army hence must be kept updated with new techniques for further consolidating their performance.

However, the theme of the convention is ” Capacity Building for Regimental Sergeant Majors in the Nigerian Army for Enhanced Regimentation.”

According to him, the convention is crucial and apt to army operations for effective and efficient performance. RSMs are vital ingredients and drivers of the Nigerian Army.

“They are the custodians of NA customs and ethics and ensure commitment to the course of our operations in all engagements, ” he stressed.

He hoped that all participants would fully take advantage of the convention to enhance operations, the COAS appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for extending support to and reposing confidence in the NA and other services as he commended Governor Tambuwal and the state government for the responsive cordial relations and untiring assistance to the army for allocating land for its forward operations.

Declaring the convention open, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal described the initiative by the COAS as strategic noting that RSMs were instrumental drivers in the NA setup and structure.

Tambuwal who was a special guest of honor, said apart from being bridge builders, RSMs are formidable army personnel in achieving discipline and inculcating the army tradition in both commissioned and non-commissioned officers.”

He pointed out that, the military regimental life cannot be realized without sergeant Majors.”

Earlier in his remarks, at the GOC 8 Division army headquarters, Sokoto, Major General Uwem Bassey said RSMs were fathers of Regimentation whose role remains pertinent in the NA operations hence the convention.

Bassey who also doubles as Commander, Northwest Operation Hadarin Daji JTF said the convention will help improve their various capacities on regimentation as their primary role as it concerns other soldiers.

“It will avail them of constructive discussions segment to further better their operations for optimum performance as well ready for assigned tasks or mission.”

The Director of Administration, army headquarters, Major General O.W.Ali commended the COAS for his foresight in driving the army back on track for competence, professionalism, and resilience while noting that the convention would further strengthen the spirit of participants toward responsive operational performance.

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