ByÂ Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA â€” Chief Army Staff, Lt.-General Abdurahman Dambazau, has saluted the courage and sacrifices of officers and soldiers in various missions outside Nigeria and those involved in keeping the peace across the country particularly in the Niger Delta, assuring them that their contributions to international peace and security and peace and tranquillity in Nigeria are being recognised.
â€œAt the Army Headquarters, all hands are on the deck to ensure you are better catered for. Equipment and other logistics items are being purchased to ensure your well-being, effectiveness and efficiency while in the various missions.
All the hiccups associated with payment of operational allowances as experienced in the past are being addressed. On arrival from mission areas, troops will get their allowances without any rancour,â€ he said.
Dambazau who was speaking on the occasion of the Nigerian Army Day celebration, said: â€œThere is a gradual improvement in the standard of discipline except for few cases of erring officers and soldiers which are being addressed promptly.
â€œDiscipline is a command responsibility, therefore, Commanders at all levels must ensure high standard of discipline in their various units and encourage zero tolerance for all acts capable of tarnishing the good image of the Nigerian Army. Unit Commanders and RSMs will, therefore, be held responsible for any act traceble to their units,â€ he said.
On the theme for this yearâ€™s celebration, he said, â€œit is more or less an appraisal of how far we have gone in our transformation drive,â€ pointing out that â€œto a very large extent, judging from comments and observations from within and outside the Nigerian Army, I believe we are on course.
My belief is further strengthened by the comment of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua during the last NADCEL.â€