The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, yesterday assured troops currently battling Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast of their welfare and provision of equipment.
Speaking at the opening of the 2015 Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSM) Convention in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Buratai said the Nigerian Army would continue to ensure adequate welfare for its personnel in order to enhance their operations.
He reassured the troops that their welfare would continue to receive his utmost attention and steps would be taken to provide the best kits for them.
“I wish to assure you of the federal government’s continuous support to the Nigerian Army in the discharge of its mission”, he said.
The army chief added that President Muhammadu Buhari had pledged his total support to the military in its current campaign to restore the territorial integrity of Nigeria.
On the importance of the convention, Gen. Buratai said it provided an avenue for interaction and cross-fertilization of ideas between officers entrusted with leadership and the RSMs, who are the custodians of ethics and values in the service.
“The theme of the convention: ‘Enhancing the capacity of the RSMs to be professionally responsive in the discharge of their roles’ was selected in line with my transformation agenda for the Nigerian Army.
RSMs occupy an important position in the drive towards repositioning the Nigerian Army as the most important link between the officers and soldiers as well as custodians and repository of unit regimentation.
“It is pertinent to re-emphasis that my vision cannot be attained without a well-disciplined, knowledgeable and highly motivated crop of RSMs who are ready to willingly and effectively discharge their responsibilities at all times”, Buratai said and urged participants to fashion out how best the RSMs can perform their roles.