'I am Committed To Ensuring Highest Standards of Administration to Enhance Personnel Welfare and their Families' - Gen Lagbaja COAS

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja has reiterated his commitment to ensuring the highest standards of administration to enhance the welfare of Nigerian Army personnel and their families, emphasizing that it will boost troops' morale and ultimately enhance operational effectiveness. 

Gen Lagbaja made the declaration in his remarks at the opening ceremony of the Combat Arms Training (CAT) Week on Tuesday 7 May 2024, at the Ihejirika Auditorium, Jaji Military Cantonment in Kaduna State.

The COAS stated further, that he considered this year’s CAT Week theme, "Sound Administration: A Panacea for Improved Combat Arms’ Efficiency in a Joint Environment,” to be very apt and relevant, as it resonates with one of the essential beams of his Command Philosophy, which is 'Sound administration', adding, that it has been established to be among several key indices that enhance the operational efficiency of all formidable military forces over history.

Explaining, that as someone who has lived extensively in the barracks, General Lagbaja noted that he was not oblivious to the challenges of poor barracks accommodation, infrastructure decay in NA  medical centres,  schools and other administrative issues that have negatively impacted unit administration. 

He revealed that in order to bring succour to personnel and their families, he has initiated intervention programmes, specifically in the areas of accommodation, credit financing, and other family support schemes to enhance troops' morale and build family resilience. 

He catalogued such interventions to include the COAS Empowerment Loan and the Affordable Housing Ownership Option for All Soldiers (AHOOAS) schemes. "We have so far structured our intervention plan to make it more encompassing and adaptive to the prevalent economic reality of the nation", he pointed out. 

The Army Chief clarified, that this year’s CAT Week, being his maiden one as COAS, presents an opportunity to restate his desire to improve the combat arms' capabilities towards achieving the Nigerian Army's constitutional obligations. 

He  challenged the Combat Arms to leverage the skills and competencies inherent in the Support Corps to enhance their doctrine and capabilities needed to defeat contemporary threats.

Gen Lagbaja expressed gratitude to President, Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his unflinching support to the NA. He assured of the unalloyed loyalty of officers and soldiers of the NA.

Addressing participants at the CAT week, the Kaduna State Governor, Senator Uba Sani, who was represented by the State's Commissioner for Security and Homeland Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, saluted the courage and resilience of troops in confronting the menace of terrorism and insurgency in the country, stressing that the expanded footprints of the ongoing operations have brought further succour to troubled areas and Kaduna State in particular. 

He averred that the CAT week's review of sound administration, resonates with global best practice and is indicative of the mutual resolve to bring about a safe and secure Nigeria under the current leadership. He disclosed that effort is in the offing to propose a security fund bill to promote the fight against security challenges.

The Commander Infantry Corps, Major General Olufemi Oluyede, had earlier noted that in meeting the need for 'Whole of Society' approach to tackling contemporary security challenges, the CAT Week provides a platform for harnessing the collective effort of all stakeholders in addressing the current security challenges in the country.

The opening ceremony of the CAT Week drew participations from all works of life including the economic, defence and Security sectors, as well as the traditional institution with the presence of His Royal Highness, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamali, the Emir of Zauzau, former COAS' Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya retired(Army) and other serving and retired Army Officers.

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