Insecurity: Buratai tasks Non-Commissioned Officers

The Chief Of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, has called Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) to display fresh innovations in tackling security challenges facing the country.

Buratai made the call during  graduation ceremony of Warrant Officers Academy Course 35, after six months training,  at the Academy,  Jaji Cantonment, in  Kaduna State on Friday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buratai was represented by Chief of Training and Operations Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen Enobong Udoh.

“We must all continue to be innovative as we move toward tackling and resolving  the security challenges currently confronting our great country.

“All hands must continue to be on deck in preserving  and sustaining the cohesion  of the Nigerian Army, as we take steps to provide the required security for our dear nation,” Buratai said.

He explained that the warrant officers academy  was established  to rejuvenate the SNCOs cadre of the Army, which hitherto was lagging behind in professional standards.

“We are all aware of the relevance  of warrant officers and senior non-commissioned in the chain  of command within the NA.

“This is more critical  at this time  when we are faced with myriads of security challenges in the country.”

Therefore,  to maintain  the cohesion  of the NA, the SNCOs cadre must be brough  to such level  that  they  strengthen the linkage between  the officers and soldiers,” he said.

Buratai  noted that the academy has through  focused training, prepared its graduates to confront contemporary challenges in line with the Army’s vision of having professionally  responsive soldiers in the discharge  of its constitutional  role.

The Army chief told the graduands that the process  of becoming effective SNCOs demands a lot of sacrifice  and immense effort, which is the price all must pay to achieve any goal.

Earlier, the Commandant of the Academy, Brig-Gen. Adeyinka Laguda, said the six-month training was aimed at developing the leadership  and management skills of SNCOs, to equip them efficiently .

“You are now adequately qualified  and equipped  to cope with most challenges that you are bound  to face when you get back to your units, where you would be required to apply the knowledge and skills you have been taught.

“I charge you, therefore, to be courageous, honest, discipline and loyal leaders,” Laguda told the officers.  

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