- *By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has declared open the year 2021 RSMs convention in Ibadan.
SWIndependentnews.com.ng reports that The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has declared open the year 2021 Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSMs) Convention In Ibadan, the Capital City of Oyo State.
The Chief of Army Staff also charged the Regimental Sergeant Majors popularly known as the RSMs on Professionalism.
The RSMs of the Army are saddled with the responsibilities of resisting their Commanders for maintaining standard and discipline amongst the non commissioned members and act as a parental figure to their subordinates, and to also translate informations from the senior officers, through proper analysis to the soldiers have been urged to uphold to the ethics and tradition of their duties.
Briefing journalists at the 2 Division Nigerian Army Headquarters, Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment Ojoo Ibadan, General Yahaya said, I’m Ibadan today to declare open the Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSMs) Convention 2021.
“RSMs as we refered to them are very essential and important to the officers and Soldier they are the custodians of the Nigerian Army Ethics, Customs and traditions, in every units the RSM are considered as the father of the that unit, because he knows the tradition, history and culture of that unit and of there is any issue that need to be cleared about those aspects RSMs are the last result, when he speaks that is the final.
“I have spoken with them to continue doing their best in everything to install exacted position of RSM in ensuring that the Nigerian Army’s tradition, when we achieve that is part of the overall process of professional in Nigerian Army, this means in entirety doing our job in accordance with our training, with our established traditions and customs and teachings which will enhance our effectiveness and RSM achieve in this, and that is I’m passionate about the convention, and that is why I’m here to declare the convention open.
“I’m very sure with the enthusiasm I have seen in them, and I appreciate their courage and I believe we will take something meaningful from the convention. I appreciate the 2 Div Headquarters for holding this convention as well as the Executive Governor Engr. Seyi Makinde and the good people of Oyo State for their hospitality and by personally attending the event by sending his Chief of Staff. Yahaya said.
Governor Makinde who was ably represented by His Chief of Staff Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi, said the Army are Army only if the RSMs are doing their job, because they are meant to enforce discipline and ensuring that the rank and file are in the shape for warfare.
“For Nigerian to move forward, for Nigerians Army to be in shape the Senior non Commissioner officers which is the RSMs has to double their efforts. I believe we the current leadership we have at the Nigerian Army now, it shows that the leadership is ready to look at what is needed to be done in terms of training and equipments, because to much is given much is expected, so when the leadership gives us the tools, and gives us the political will, I urged us to be courageous since we already have the political will from the top. Makinde said.
The General Officer Commanding of 2 Div. Major General Gold Chubuisi urged the participants to see the convention as a platform to position themselves for their roles in actualizing the Chief of Army Staff mission.
He said further, “there is no gainsaying that the Regimental Sergeant Majors RSM are the custodian and repository of every unit regimentation, as well as the most sophisticated link between the officers and and soldiers, the theme for this year’s convention which is Professionalism In A Regimented Environment, the Regimental Sergeant Majors Prospective was therefore aptly coined and no doubt will equip the RSMs with the prerequisites knowledge to perform their roles and promote professionalism.
I urged you to therefore avoid distraction and make the best of this convention, embrace it with all seriousness to ensure that you return to your unit and formations better equiped to perform your roles optimally.
The opening event also witnessed presentation of souvenirs to some distinguished retired Army Officers, among them is the former military governor of Lagos State, Brigadier General Raji Rasaki Rtrd.