COAS General Lagbaja Charges Participants of Air Force War College on Strategic Leaadership Capacity 'Expose Yourselves To Training, Develop Subordinates

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja has charged participants of Air War Course 10/2024 of  the Air Force War College Nigeria (AFWCN) to build strategic leadership capacity and develop their subordinates by exposing themselves to adequate training and delegating responsibilities and tasks to their subordinates for the benefit of the system. 

Director Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu  in a press statement noted that the Army Chief gave the charge on Wednesday 9 May 2024, when he delivered a lecture titled, "Military Strategic Leadership: My Perspective", at the AFWCN, Makurdi,  Benue State.

Expatiating further, General Lagbaja pointed out, that Military Strategic Leadership  is the glue that holds the Armed Forces together as a subsystem within the national polity, adding that this is achieved by developing the vision or philosophy to guide the personnel and ensure that they operate within the boundaries set by the philosophy in the performance of assigned tasks in line with national interest and security. 

Gen Lagbaja maintained that 'the need for exposure to training, including Civil Military Relations (CMR) cannot be over-emphasised, as the military strategic leadership relates with all segments of society, particularly the political class'. 

This, he added, 'will enhance sound administration of personnel and operational effectiveness of troops' in tackling contemporary and emerging security challenges. 

The COAS also told the participants, that as strategic leaders in the making, they must have the moral courage to delegate responsibilities and task their subordinates to enable them develop requisite  competences, even as they carry out their daily routine duties, describing it as 'on the job training' for the personnel.

He used the opportunity to enjoin the participants to ensure positive contribution to the implementation of the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) Act 2023. 

He disclosed that the President, Commander-in- Chief, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has given a nod to the Defence industries Corporation (DICON) Act 2023, with provisions for manufacturing of defence equipment in the country. 

This he stressed, is important for the nation to minimise its over-reliance on foreign procurement of necessary materiel and equipment. He  expressed appreciation to Mr President for the initiative and political will.

The course had participants from the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force,  civilians and some foreign participants. 

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