…monitor indecent conduct in barracks, 9 brigade commander advises participants
By: Okosun Dennis
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, has again reemphasized the importance of the Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSMs), saying that they are very important elements in the Command and Control in the Nigerian Army.
Speaking as the Special Guest of Honour at the closing ceremony of First RSM Convention 2022 at the Nebo Hall, Headquaters, Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps, Abalti Barracks, Ojuelegba, the COAS noted that RSMs occupy a veritable position in the maintenace of regimentation, ethics, customs and traditions of the force hence they are very special to the force.
As a result, he added, the training convention is part of what they had to undergo where issues are discussed; noting that the overall aim is to improve on our competencies, particularly in the area of “regimentation, discipline and sustaining barracks lives.”
Gen Yahaya explained, “We expect that when they go back to their various units and formations; we would see the impact of that in their behavioural patterns and attitude to work.
“Training is a very key element in anything we do. However, one of the focal principles of my command philosophy is training and retraining of personnel. Such trainings cuts across all the ranks – Private to RSM and 2nd Lieutenant to General – and it would have impacted positively on our performances.
“The overall essence is to improve in our competencies. When we notice such gaps, we come up with modalities on how to address them. All these are responsible for the successes we are recording in our operations.
“In the area of confidentiality, apart from being regimental, RSMs are experienced Senior Non-Commissioned Officers and are charged with very strong responsibilities. When they render any advise to the Commanding Officer, it is expected that the CO should respect such advise based on experience and knowledge.
“We should be our brother’s keeper and remain a united family.” Therefore, the COAS charged the participants to ensure that they take the positives away from the convention that would help them improve their professional conduct. “That is why I have a lot of respect for RSM,” he added.
Lt Gen Yahaya averred that he would continue to strengthen the bond by way of improving on their welfare need hence he has decided to build an accommodation for every RSM at Divisional levels equipped with generator, solar system and water. “It will trickle down to Brigade and Battalion levels. To complement that, I ensure they have mobility.”
Earlier, while delivering a paper on the topic: Maintaining the Sanctity of the Families in the Barracks: The Role of the RSM,” the Commander, 9 Brigade, Ikeja Cantonment, Brig Gen Isang Akpaumontia eulogized the RSM and said the indispensability of the Regimental Sergeant Majors cannot be overemphasized as they must be seen as builders of homes, epitome of discipline and reservoir of knowledge in the Nigerian Army.
As guardians of the soldiers, he reiterated by admonishing them to monitors social activities in the barracks and know what goes on at the Mammy markets as well as address indecent conduct within their units and formations.
Besides, Gen Akpaumontia cautioned the RSMs to always create time for their families and shouldn’t hide under the guise of duty calls to neglect their children and wives. “Don’t be a terrorists to your families, let them be close to you,” Gen Akpaumontia reemphasized.
RSMs Convention commenced on Monday, 9 May 2022, with the theme, “Capacity Building For RSMs In the Nigerian Army For Enhanced Regimentation”. The week-long Convention was aimed at developing the capacity of RSMs of Nigerian Army formations, as custodians of discipline and regimentation in the Nigerian Army.
Certificates were awarded to all the participants drawn from from Divisions, units and formations of the Nigerian Army. The second phase of the convention will be held in Kaduna later this year.