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By: Cletus Sunday Ilobanafor
Tue, 18 Apr 2023   ||   Nigeria,

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, has charged army commanders to tackle operational and other problems promptly to avoid complications.

Yahaya gave the charge on Monday at the First Commanding Officers’ Workshop 2023, held at the 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna.

The workshop on “Transformational Leadership” was organised by Army Headquarters Department of Transformation and Innovation.

The theme of the workshop was “Combat Readiness in Nigerian Army Units: Role of the Commanding Officers.”

Yahaya, represented by the Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, said overlooking problems could lead to compounding it and making situations worse.

The COAS said prompt response to problems would ensure use of minimum resources and manpower to solve.

He however admonished all personnel to ensure that problems are solved through the hierarchy of command.

Yahaya said that middle cadre officers were critical to warfare, being at the level where battles and engagements are planned and executed to accomplish operational level objectives.

He said that the workshop was critical, considering the challenges bedeviling the nation.

The COAS explained that the challenges required a unique leadership style embedded in the key tenets of his vision and command philosophy of professionalism, readiness, sound administration and cooperation.

Earlier, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Kaduna, Maj.-Gen. Olufemi Akinjobi, said the workshop was designed to improve the role of commanding officers in enhancing the combat readiness of their units to confront contemporary security challenges in the country.

He enjoined all the participants to note the presentations, discussions, criticisms and solutions proffered to further improve professionalism in their units for effective counter terrorism and counter insurgency

CEOAFRICA reports that the week-long workshop would be accompanied by presentations and syndicate discussion sessions. 


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