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NA 81 DIVISION COMMENCES OFFICERS’ TRAINING WEEK AS GOC ENJOINED OFFICERS TO LEVERAGE ON BENEFITS

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NA 81 DIVISION COMMENCES OFFICERS’ TRAINING WEEK AS GOC ENJOINED OFFICERS TO LEVERAGE ON BENEFITS

As part of efforts to further build effective leadership skills among officers within the Nigerian Army 81 Division, the Division yesterday started its 2023 Officers Training Week. The training which will last three days is themed ‘Enhancing Operational Preparedness of Officers for Participation in Joint and Multi-agency Operations Within 81 Division Area of Responsibility’.

At the training which is ongoing at the 9 Brigade Officers’ Mess, Maryland, Ikeja Lagos, National Association of Online Security News Publishers, NAOSNP can report that the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division Nigerian Army (NA), Major General OC Ajunwa enjoined participants to leverage on the importance, objectives and benefits of the training. The GOC advised them to take advantage of the programme to build their leadership skills to enable them function optimally in their respective commands.

In the opening remarks, General Ajunwa said the training was designed as a form of mentorship for junior commanders through cross-fertilization of ideas and sharing Operations, command and field experiences. He noted that the lectures and topics were carefully selected to equip and also provide the platform to enhance command and leadership proficiency amongst Officers.

The GOC thanked the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya for his commitment and support in activating this year’s Officers’ Training Week and the Army Headquarters Department of Training for selecting an appropriate theme, considering it very apt in proffering solutions to contemporary security challenges in 81 Division AOR in particular and the country in general. He was represented by the Division Training Officer, Brigadier General Oluwole Davies.

In the same vein, the Special Guest of Honour and Commander, Corps of Supply and Transport, Major General Erema Akerejola, represented by Brigadier General Williams Etuk stated that in line with the Chief of Army Staff’s vision, “to Have a Professional Nigerian Army Ready to Accomplish Assigned Mission Within A Joint Environment in Defence of Nigeria”, described the training week as quite handy and the theme very apt. The Special Guest of Honour who declared the training open was optimistic that the participants would improve their knowledge, skills and competence in military operations. General Akerejola enjoined the Officers to dedicate adequate time and efforts to ruminate on lectures delivered during the training sessions so as to enrich their chosen career as well as improve their overall performance in responding to situations in 81 Division and indeed the Nigerian Army.

NAOSNP can report that the highlights of the events includes group photographs, robust interactive sessions and presentation of souvenirs to resource persons.

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Effective Operations: We’ll Sustain Partnership with Security Stakeholders – COAS Lagbaja Army Pledges to Sustain Partnership for Operational Effectiveness The Nigerian Army has expressed its resolve to partner reputable stakeholders in the Defence and Security Industry for the procurement of requisite equipment and platforms that would enhance its operational effectiveness. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, according to a statement signed by the Director, Army Public Relations, and sighted by the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), disclosed this during the Army Headquarters Fourth Quarter 2023 Procurement Seminar themed, “Implications of the New Central Bank of Nigeria Foreign Exchange Policy on International Trade: Challenges for the Nigerian Army”, held at the Army War College Nigeria, Abuja. Elucidating further, the COAS pointed out, that government policies are critically important to the successful attainment of NA constitutional mandate, adding that one of such policies is the Central Bank of Nigeria’s recent Foreign Exchange Policy, which has continued to have significant implications for NA contracts requiring foreign exchange. He noted that this development has resulted in requests for payment of variations, which he described, as unfavourable to the NA. He explained that the need to forge mutual understanding of the CBN policy amongst stakeholders informed the theme of the seminar. The Army Chief affirmed, that as Nigeria’s contemporary security space continues to deepen the relevance of military logistics contractors in Nigerian Army’s sustenance plans, it becomes expedient to have the seminar in order to promote mutual understanding amongst stakeholders to help the NA aggregate value for Government allocations. Gen Lagbaja maintained that the primary objective of establishing the Directorate is ‘contract and contractor relationship management to enable the NA obtain the best value for funds released to its contractors and business partners for execution of various contracts and projects, while ensuring fairness, integrity and transparency’. The COAS declared that under his leadership, the NA will view all forms of short-changing with the seriousness it deserves and ensure that contractors mobilized for various jobs deliver as agreed, adding that the NA remains open to partnering relevant stakeholders on terms favourable to all and give value to the Federal Government that funds its activities. The COAS appreciated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his tireless support by providing the means for the NA to procure vital requirements. He also expressed gratitude to the Honourable Minister of Defence, Office of the National Security Adviser, CBN, Bureau of Public Procurement and other stakeholders for their support. He expressed optimism that the seminar will facilitate renewed commitment to building and sustaining an efficient procurement system that meets international best practices. In his remarks, the Director Procurement, Major General Adeyinka Adereti, stated that the objective of the seminar is to enhance participants understanding of the rudiments of operational contract support in an ever-changing global context. He emphasized that public procurement and foreign exchange policies and regulations continue to be the guiding compass for the award of contracts and procurement of platforms, which would enhance NA operations and improve the Army’s posture to perform its role. He revealed that global procurement processes have taken a new turn due to changes in the international system and the prevailing security climate, hence the need to organize the procurement seminar. Highlights of the opening ceremony were robust interactive sessions, group photographs and presentation of souvenirs to resource persons, as well as discussants and moderators.

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