By Ibrahim Gwamna Mshelizza
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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai has urged participants at the First Commanding Officers Workshop organized by 2 Div Ibadan to be professionally responsive and result oriented, while addressing the current security challenges facing the country .

General Buratai while, addressing the participant of the First Commanding Officers workshop held at Maimalari cantonment, Maiduguri on Monday said the country is currently facing various security challenges such as Boko Haram, kidnapping, communal clashes, cattle wresttling and pipeline vandalism so there is the need for the military to reposition itself in order to face the challenges squarely.

Represented by the Theatre commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, he said “I expect that the first commanding officers workshop will provide a veritable avenue for unit commanders in the affected divisions to contribute meaningful and workable imputs towards my desire to reposition the Nigerian Army to be professionally responsive in the discharge of its constitutional roles”

He said during the workshop emphasis should be placed on mission accomplishment in the various critical scenarios that have been outlined , so that at the end of the workshop unit commanders will acquire vast knowledge in confidence building that would create a positive climate to inculcate and foster trust and mutual understanding in arriving at solutions.

In his welcome address, the General Officer Commanding 2 Division, Major General Martins Abraham, the organizer of the workshop with the theme “empowering Unit Commanders to be professionally responsive”, said that commanding officers must wake up to their responsibilities, as according him there is no bad soldier but bad officer.

General Abraham said “the choice of North-east for the workshop was deliberate and timely, because of the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging the region, we must continue to strive for excellence, so as to improve our operational effectiveness and productivity, which will invariably stimulate citizen’s support and appreciation”.

The GOC urged the participants to put into use the knowledge acquired during the workshop, as at the end they are expected to have acquired enough knowledge to tackle the numerous security challenges facing the country.