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Security: COAS says NA committed to training for best practices, declares workshop open

By Suleiman Adamu, Sokoto

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Farouk Yahaya has said that the military will continue to be focus , resilient and committed to training its personnel to effectively and efficiently operate in line with best practices towards tackling security challenges.

General Yahaya spoke while declaring open , 2nd Commanding Officers Workshop at the Headquarters, 8 Division Nigerian Army, Sokoto.

The workshop has the theme: ” Equipment Maintenance and Operational Efficiency: The Role of Operational and Tactical Level Commanders in the Nigerian Army as well as Sister Services through Inter Agency Cooperation”

He noted that adequate and efficient training of officers was necessary for enhancing operational capacity and performance of the military.

According to the army Chief, ” the operational environment is dynamic and complex and training is imperative at tactical and command levels to be able to achieve the desired results.

” It is indeed the highest point of professionalism needed to strengthen as well enhance our commitment to operational competence at confronting the spate of security challenges in Nigeria.”

While noting that the theme of the auspicious workshop was apt, General Yahaya said it would also serve as basis for both senior and junior officers to refocus their perspective on how to operate in a joint environment.

He urged participants to take advantage of the event to develop and exchange constructive ideas and discussions inorder to to fast track practical solutions to contemporary security challenges.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s support to and confidence in the military by making the institution more robust towards discharging it’s constitutional role of defending the nation’s sovereign integrity.

Speaking, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal observed that inter agency collaboration was key and very fundamental in addressing current security challenges in the country.

According to Tambuwal” it is the most critical aspect of the theme of this workshop. “

The governor while noting that Nigeria needed more equipments with commensurate maintenance and training activities for the army and other security agencies, appealed to the President for continued support to further drive a responsive course towards tackling security challenges.

Also, in his goodwill message, Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar said the workshop would provide opportunity for Commanding officers to learn and exchange better ideas on operational issues and security challenges.

” I am particularly excited to see you come together under one roof in the interest of the country’s security .

” There is no end to learning and the best equipments are the soldiers behind the equipment. You should continue to do your best”, the monarch urged.

Earlier, the GOC 8 Division Army Headquarters , Sokoto, Major General Uwem Bassey said the Nigerian Army was ready to accomplish its assigned mission in a joint environment, noting the choice of the theme was in tune with the operational mission statement of the COAS.

According to Bassey who is also the Commander Northwest Operation ‘ Hadarin Daji’ Task Force” the workshop will also smoothen and enhance the drive for Tactical and Commanding Officers to adequately operate effectively and efficiently going by their primary role of equipment maintenance in a joint operational environment.

” I urge all participants to avail themselves with the best of this workshop towards building their capacities for high operational performance”, Bassey stressed as he acknowledged governor Tambuwal’s passionate support to the Army 8 Division.



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