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Lagbaja Harps on Fostering Professionalism, Efficiency in Career Planning of the Nigerian Army

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, has harped on the fundamental importance of officers’ career planning and management in upholding a culture of excellence and professionalism within the Nigerian Army.

Lagbaja gave the remarks while speaking Tuesday, the 5th of March 2024, at the 5th edition of the Army Headquarters (AHQ) Department of Military Secretary Career Planning and Management seminar, at the Army Headquarters Command Officer’s Mess Asokoro Abuja.

The COAS articulated the indispensable role of structured career development in fostering sound administration and efficiency within the military.

Under the theme, “Efficient Human Resources Management in the Twenty-First Century: Imperatives for Sustaining a Professional Nigerian Army in a Joint Environment,” General Lagbaja underscored the pivotal significance of strategic career progression in shaping a cohesive and proficient military force.

General Lagbaja averred that investing in career progression and management of officers is essential for building a strong and capable leadership cadre which aligns with one of the pillars of his command philosophy. The Army Chief remarked that the seminar has been carefully designed to expose participants to human resource management in an increasingly complex setting like the Nigerian Army (NA).

Speaking further, the Army Chief revealed that a lot has changed in the Nigerian Army in the past decade regarding recruitment drive, personnel administration and manpower development, hence the need for a more efficient manpower management system and policy adjustments.

The COAS noted that the theme of the seminar is apt and responsive, as it synchronizes with the objectives of his Command Philosophy, especially at a period when the Nigerian Army leadership is challenged by how to better manage the career of young and middle cadre officers, who have continued to endure sustained deployments across theatres, vis a vis the need to maintain regimentation and professionalism.

He reiterated that the Nigerian Army is totally committed to democracy as the preferred system of governance in the country, charging personnel to remain professional and be above board as they discharge their constitutional duties.

General Lagbaja commended the Military Secretary (Army) and the entire Department for organising the Seminar and going the extra mile to bring together eminent personalities and resource persons.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Military Secretary (Army), Major General Eyitayo Oyinlola stated that the AHQ Military Secretary organized the seminar in support of its vital role in managing the careers of NA officers, adding that the department has been decisive in the evaluation and course reports rendered on officers and other occurrences in the career path of each officer for efficient career planning and management.

General Oyinlola revealed that statutorily, the department conducts sensitization visits to NA formations, training institutions and operational areas to enhance Officers’ understanding of career growth requirements. He acknowledged the importance of strategic career planning and management in shaping the future of the NA, noting that this year’s seminar seeks to consolidate on the successes recorded and guarantee the desired end state.

Delivering the lead lecture on “Military Human Resource Management in the NA in Contemporary Complex Environment: The Role of the Officer”, the Key note speaker, former COAS, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya (rtd) highlighted the critical role of officers, stressing that countries around the globe keep striving to improve efficiency and effectiveness in their functions, hence the need for NA to prioritize its human resources development and management for efficiency.

Highlight of the opening ceremony was a robust interactive session that climaxed the lead lecture.

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