The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has called on troops to be more tactful, ingenious and innovative in operations.
He said this is to be ready to tackle the present security challenges within the country.
Yahaya made this known when he declared open the 22nd combat service support training week at the varsity of Supply and Transport on Tuesday in Benin, Edo capital .
He explained that despite “lean resources and stretched manpower”, more needs to be done in logistic support in the army’s operations.
The training has as its theme: “Providing effective combat service support for the Nigerian Army to accomplish assigned missions during a joint environment.”
Yahaya said, “Giving the volatile and certain complex operational environments the military operates today, our manpower is continually being stretched, thereby presenting new challenges that need tact, ingenuity and innovation to tackle.
“It is, therefore, expedient for the army to continue to improve on the existing structure while also developing more efficient means of addressing contemporary and emerging challenges.
“It is in sight of this that I find the theme very apt, expedient and timely. It fits into my vision of getting knowledgeable army on accomplished mission with a joint environment within Nigeria.
“I charge you to use the training week to come up with ways, means and method of improving our competencies and effectiveness in the provision of logistics support for the Nigerian army."
According to him, more than ever before, the Nigerian army is currently engaged in several theatres of operations with corresponding demands on logistics.
“It behold on all supporting Corps to find ingenious and workable ways of efficient support for the Nigerian army in these numerous operations.
“A lot has been wiped out the past but more still must be wiped out logistics support in our operations in spite of lean resources.
“I, therefore, urge you all to derive maximum benefits from this training week. As we project into the longer term in operations, our key priority are going to be to take care of all round operational readiness through improved training, recruitment of personnel and better welfare.
“Let me, therefore, reaffirm President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to providing the specified support for the Nigerian army,” said the COAS.
He also thanked Gov. Godwin Obaseki for gracing the ceremony and commended him for his donation of 20-bedroom accommodation to the varsity of supply and transport and other supports to the Nigerian army.