The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya said Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSMs) training convention is strategic on Army operations as well as enhanced discipline in the Nigerian Army.
Farouk stated this on Monday at Lt Gen Tukur Buratai Auditorium , Ginginya Barrack Sokoto while declaring the Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSMs) second convention 2022.
The Chief of Army Staff noted that building the capacity of RSMs is crucial to Nigerian Army’s operational effectiveness considering the important roles they play as custodian of discipline and regimentation .
” We held the first convention early this year in Lagos and it was impactful hence the need to approve biannual of this convention again in Sokoto he stated.
He maintained that the theme of this convention “capacity building for Regimental Sergeant Majors in the Nigerian Army for enhanced Regimentation is apt and timely at the time Army is countering terrorism and insurgency .
He urged the participants to expressed their views for cross fertilization of ideas
” Let me tell you since the Mr President gave us marching order to deal ruthlessly with the enemies of the country there is no hiding place for terrorists and insurgency he added .
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for providing resources for them to carry out their duty effectively.
He also commended Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state for his good cordial relationship with the Army in the state by providing lands for Army to build barracks and other facilities.
On his part the Chief of Administration Nigerian Army Maj Gen O W Ali appreciated COAS for his love for training and retraining of officers and soldiers.
He said the COAS has made Nigerian Army better than he met it stressing that every Soldiers and officers embrace his philosophy.
In his Welcome address the General Officer Commanding 8 Division , Sokoto Maj Gen Uwem Bassey thanked COAS for putting the welfare of Soldiers and officers a priority.
He said training would enhance capacity, regimentation and discipline amongst the RSMs saying the convention should be sustained .
Declaring the convention open the Governor of Sokoto State Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said the testimony he is hearing about COAS made him to believe that the Army Boss is one of the finest officer in the army saying Sokoto people are proud of him.
He explained that the strategic roles of RSMs in setting up of Nigerian Army apart from being the bridge they are also officers in charge of discipline
” Your role is very critical in maintaining laws and orders within the Army” he said
The highlight of the event is the decoration of the GOC 8 Division Sokoto Maj Gen Uwem Bassey with Division Insignial Landyard by the chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya.