By Sumaila Ogbaje
The head of formation (army), the major-general. Abubakar Ndalolo, tasked officers and soldiers with advancing critical thinking in the management of security operations in the contemporary security environment.
Ndalolo said this while addressing participants, graduates of the 1/2021 Leadership Skills Development Course, at the Nigerian Army Resource Center (NARC), Abuja, on Friday.
He said the course, prepared for officers and soldiers of middle and junior management, aimed to enhance their creativity and critical thinking skills to enable them to adapt to the changing security environment.
According to him, the course would further help them develop results-oriented emotional intelligence to address real and emerging security challenges as they emanate from troops and citizens in their areas of responsibility and in the country as a whole.
“We want to develop critical thinking skills and emotional intelligence that will help them perform their tasks diligently, in accordance with the contemporary operating environment.
“As a leader at your level, your ability to think quickly and exercise command and control over the troops under your command is paramount to the success and growth of the Nigerian military and the country.
“With the training given to you, you are expected to imbibe the command philosophy of the army chief of staff which is based on four pillars: professionalism resulting from knowledge and performance, training and empowerment preparation, administration and cooperation with other security elements within the system, which you need to implement at your level.
“This is consistent with and in fact drives the SFOC’s vision to develop” a professional Nigerian army ready to accomplish the assigned mission in a joint environment for the defense of Nigeria, “he said.
Ndalolo therefore congratulated NARC and its resource persons for making the staff development policy initiative a reality.
He also urged participants to view their certification as the beginning of the learning process to become good leaders and followers wherever they are deployed for the benefit of the Nigerian military and the nation at large.
“So I am convinced that you have all benefited from this important leadership development program, for your individual benefit and that of the system as a whole,” he said.
Speaking, the Director General of NARC, the retired Major General. Garba Wahab, said the course was born out of a desire to provide a solution to the myriad of security issues plaguing the country.
Wahab said the nation currently faces serious security challenges that everyone must be able to play their part in solving.
He said he was convinced that the participants had developed capacities to contribute their quota to meet the current security challenges.
He thanked SFOC for approving the course and providing the necessary resources for its completion and urged participants to deploy the knowledge they had acquired in their future operations.
In addition, the Director of Human Resources, NARC, Brig. -Gen. Usman Bello, while presenting the highlights of the course, said the Leadership Skills Development Pilot Course was organized for 60 participants, including 30 officers and 30 soldiers.
Bello revealed that participants were instructed in five-course modules on critical thinking, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurship, leadership and mentoring.
He said the aim of the course was to increase the creativity and critical thinking skills of participants for optimal performance and to introduce adaptive leadership for innovative and creative change, among others.
“It is also about developing emotional intelligence, decision making and entrepreneurial skills and enabling participants, especially junior officers, to understand the importance of mentoring for successful career development”, a- he declared. (NAA)