The Chief Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has enjoined Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSM) of the Nigerian Army (NA) to ensure the complete restoration of regimentation in the Army. He made the call, considering the critical role RSMs play in every unit/formation of the NA.
This was contained in a statement issued to PRIME TIME NEWS on Tuesday and signed by Brig. Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director Army Public Relations.
General Yahaya stated this, while declaring open, the Regimental Sergeant Majors Convention 2021, holding at the Headquarters 2 Division, Ibadan, with the theme “Professionalism in a Regimented Environment: The RSMs in Perspective”.
The COAS charged the RSMs to put in their best to restore the traditions and customs of the profession, more importantly, now that the army is involved in joint operations with sister services and other security agencies.
He assured the RSMs that his administration will provide all necessary requirements within the limits of available resources. He added that his command will provide the necessary encouragement and conducive environment needed to ensure that personnel are restored to a status that will promote professionalism in the NA.
General Yahaya noted that his keen interest in the welfare of RSMs and in the progress and capacity development of every soldier of the NA shaped the theme of the convention, pointing out that the RSMs must therefore, ensure that at the end of the convention, positive change in the attitude, behavior and regimentation of the troops will begin to manifest.
He called on the RSMs to contribute meaningfully at the convention and to ensure that they go back better informed about their roles, stressing the Army hierarchy needs their cooperation and expertise to move the force forward.
The RSMs convention is an annual event that congregates over three hundred participants across Nigerian Army units and formations.