Senior Non-Commissioned Officers of the Nigerian Army have been charged to be innovative and creative towards tackling and resolving security challenges confronting the country.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Faruk Yahaya gave the charge at the 41st graduation ceremony of senior non-commissioned officers held at Warrant Officers Academy Jaji, Kaduna State.
Represented by Major General Chris Musa, the Army Chief explained that the Warrant Officers Academy was established to rejuvenate the non-commissioned officers who were lagging behind in professional standards with the aim of building a motivated junior leaders, as well as bridging the widening gap between officers and soldiers.
Lt General Faruk Yahaya disclosed that henceforth, non-commissioned officers from the Airforce and Navy would be incorporated in the course curriculum of the Academy in order to foster synergy towards the fight against insecurity.
He commended the Commandant and his team for reviewing the course curriculum with a view to improving the course content focusing on leadership and mentoring towards addressing current operational challenges, as well as the role of warrant officers and senior non-commissioned officers.
Earlier, Commandant of the Warrant Officers Academy, Brigadier General Auwal Mahmuda explained that the course was aimed at developing the leadership and management skills of the graduands in order to equip them to efficiently interprete and communicate command decisions down the line, thereby bridging the existing gap between officers and the soldiers cadre.
He charged the graduands to be courageous, honest, discipline and loyal leaders.
Brigadier General Mahmuda expressed gratitude to the Chief of Army Staff for approving the construction of students’ hostel, adding that it is a morale booster that would enhance their performance.
A total total of 60 warrant officers and senior non-commissioned officers graduated after undergoing a twenty-two week intensive training.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of awards to deserving graduands.