By Ishola Balogun
LAGOS—Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen O. A. Ihejirika, has said that the Army will remain loyal to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and the Nigerian Constitution.
He also re-affirmed his commitment to pursue with vigour the development of middle level cadre officers on the rudiments of logistics to meet up with contemporary challenges in the conduct of military operations, especially against the backdrop of technological advancement.
Lt. Gen. Ihejirika, who was represented by Major-Gen. O. Akinyemi, Chief of Policy and Plans, made this declaration at the graduation ceremony of Logistics Management Course 8, 2010, held at the Nigeria Army College of Logistics, Lagos, recently.
He said the nation was faced with security threats arising from the menace of kidnapping, armed banditry, Boko Haram, sectarian violence and other forms of terrorism.
He said: “We must refocus our logistics, training for internal security operation in aid of civil authority, which is in line with my vision to transform the Nigerian Army into a force better able to meet contemporary challenges.”
Commandant congratulates officers
Congratulating the graduating officers drawn from various corps of the Nigerian Army, Police, Navy and two civilians, the Commandant of the College, Major-Gen. Thompson Oliomogbe, expressed confidence that the officers have been equipped and prepared to face the challenges of logistical operation.
He said: “I am confident that with further exposure and adequate tasking they will contribute immensely to the shape and mode of military logistics of the next decade.”
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, SAN, who was represented by Major Tunde Panox (rtd), Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, urged the graduating officers to bring the benefits of the newly acquired skills to bear on their professional duties.
The high point of the event was the presentation of scrolls and prizes to the graduating officers.
No fewer than 22 officers were conferred with membership of the Chattered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management of Nigeria, CIPSMN, while some senior officers, including the Chief of Army Staff, were conferred with Honourary Fellowship of the Institute.