By Suleiman Adamu
Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya, Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, has charged the country’s troops to always exhibit professionalism, competence and gallantry in the conduct of military operations across the country.
Lt. Gen. Yahaya stated this while addressing troops of the 2nd Division of the Nigerian Army at the Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment Parade Ground, during his working visit to the Division.
The troops were charged to deploy their competency, skill and experience gained over the years against the nation’s adversaries, especially in the ongoing onslaught against terrorism, banditry and other sundry crimes in the country.
However, the Army chief lauded the troops for their perseverance and will in fighting the insecurity bedeviling the nation. He enjoined them to continue to improve the conduct of all ongoing operations in order to effectively tackle security challenges in the country.
He called on officers and Senior Non Commissioned Officers (SNCOS) to lead by good example, adding, that he is poised to reward gallantry, professional conduct and excellence. He however stressed that he will not hesitate to punish those who portray the Army in bad light.
General Yahaya averred that the military hierarchy has resolved to provide all necessary requirements for personnel to progress and aspire to any higher rank through training, welfare and enabling environment, conducive for troops and their families.
He assured that vehicle and tied down accommodation will be provided for Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSM) at formation and unit levels to enhance proficiency and productivity.
During the working visit to the Division, the COAS commissioned an Indoor Sports Hall at Maj Gen John Mark Inienger sports complex, to be named after Late General Ibrahim Attahiru and the administrative block at the Tiger Mini Estate, Alapata, Ibadan. The COAS also presented a brand new Toyota Hilux as an official vehicle to the Division’s Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM), Army Warrant Officer Samuel Odeh.
General Yahaya later paid a courtesy call on the executive Governor of Oyo state, Engr Olusheyi Makinde and His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso 1, the Olubadan of Ibadan Land.