MARCH 18 POLLS: Army Chief Tells Personnel To Remain Professional, Above Board


Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Faruk Yahaya.


The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Faruk Yahaya, has urged personnel of the Nigerian Army (NA) to remain professional and above board in their conducts during the Saturday, March 18, 2023, Gubernatorial and state Houses of Assembly elections.

Yahaya gave the directive at the opening of the Fourth Career Planning and Management Seminar organised by the Army Headquarters Department of Military Secretary, on Tuesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Chief of Training (Army), Major-General Sani Mohammed, represented the COAS at the seminar, which has as its theme: “Efficient Human Resource Management: Imperatives for a Professional Nigerian Army in the 21st Century”.

He said that the seminar was organised to ensure efficient career planning to engender good leadership among officers.

This, according to him, became very imperative in view of the involvement of the army in several operations.

The Army Chief posited that significant changes in organisational and leadership have evolved globally, as such it is important for the military to improve approaches to career planning and human resource management.

He noted that this would ensure a balanced and rewarding career path for officers.

Yahaya said that the seminar was to create awareness and sensitise officers on new policies that might impact on their career and address other salient career planning issues for better understanding.

“As members of the armed forces, we should be mindful of the need to adequately prepare officers to operate in joint environment.

“And deploy them to positions where they can efficiently develop novel plans, processes, strategies to meet the changing nature of the battlespace.

“Therefore, it is imperative that we maintain momentum while motivating our officers and men through an efficient and balanced career planning process,” the COAS said.

He also emphasised the need for all Army personnel to remain apolitical and professional.

The COAS said that great efforts have been made “to ensure that the conduct of our officers and men during the polls remains professional and above board.

“I, therefore, urge you to uphold the highest professional conduct during this period.”

In his remarks, the Military Secretary (Army), Major-General Jamil Abdulsalam, said that the annual seminar was to ensure efficient management of the careers of army officers.

Abdulsalam said that the department had, overtime, observed that most officers within the mid-level cadre treated matters of career with levity, often leading to unpleasant consequences.

He said that upward trend, where annual evaluation reports from formations and units as well as course reports from most Army training institutions fell short of realistic reportage, had been of great concern.

According to him, the shortcomings are further compounded by the involvement of the Army in a wide range of operations and the resultant dearth of officers for deployment to key areas.

“All of these factors have significantly affected career planning and complicated the military human resource management approach of the Department of Military Secretary.

“Customarily, the department conducts sensitisation visits to Nigerian Army formations and training schools, including operational areas to enhance officers’ understanding of the requirements for career growth.

“This forum offers a unique opportunity to have a convergence of seasoned resource persons and key players in the management of Army officers’ careers to share experiences and update you on extant policies and provisions that may impact on your careers.

“The seminar will feature packages that will expose participants to contemporary approaches to military human resource management with a view to improve career planning at all levels.

“The issue of conduct and discipline, which remains a key consideration in the career planning process, as well as gender perspectives have been added to make the seminar wide-ranging, balanced and rich in context,” he said.

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