By Philippe Nwosu
Twenty Last weekend, officers and 14 soldiers graduated from the Nigerian Army Ordnance School (NAOS) in Epe, Lagos State, after completing a course on the management of armament and ammunition.
The course labeled Armaments and Ammunition Technical Course, according to the Army, was to further improve materiel management for the Nigerian Army.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Maj. Gen. Umar Musa, while bestowing certificates and awards on students, said that human capacity development remains a major element in achieving professionalism and success in every organization.
The GOC, which was represented by the Division Chief of Staff, Brig. Dapo Oloyede, emphasized that effective training provides a force multiplier essential for the successful conduct of missions, and that it requires constant innovation to meet and overcome dynamic security challenges.
The GOC stated that the vision of COAS is to achieve a professional Nigerian Army, ready to accomplish the assigned mission in a joint environment for the defense of Nigeria, adding that “the transformation and equipping of the Nigerian Army, to Effectively achieving this vision and defending the country in a joint environment, can only thrive with a solid knowledge of materiel management.
The GOC said the welfare of NA staff was paramount to COAS, which had continuously provided infrastructural development geared towards an enabling environment for the benefit of staff.
“In addition, regular payment of ration cash allowance and other entitlements of school staff and students should motivate you to perform better in your duties.
“Therefore, you are all urged to remain focused and professional in all responsibilities entrusted to you, in order to justify the enormous resources devoted to your training and well-being,” he said.
Moussa encouraged all officers and soldiers to continue to work in synergy with other security agencies, until all security threats are eliminated to ensure the prosperity of our nation.
“As the nation gradually heads into another election year, you must remain apolitical and work hard to protect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.
Also, the Commandant of the Nigerian Army Gunnery School, Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Alabi, said the school recently invigorated its training to include tactical activities aimed at having materiel handlers capable of carrying out technical and tactical responsibilities.
Alabi noted that the school’s 2022 training cycle saw better collaboration with professional organizations, to build the capacity of staff and students.
The commander urged the graduates to apply the knowledge they had acquired to contribute positively to the achievement of technical and tactical missions in their respective formations and units.
Alabi said COAS has also provided several commendable projects and facilities, to improve the welfare of the troops in the cantonment as well as the learning in the NAOS.