The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has applauded the Nigerian Army College of Logistics for being an important instrument in the enhancement of the force’s prowess in dealing with the contemporary security challenges confronting the nation.
General Yahaya who was represented by the GOC 81 Division Major General Umar Musa spoke at the graduation ceremony of 70 middle cadre officers who were participants of logistics staff course 19 of NACOL, said there is an urgent need within the force to train larger number of officers to undertake logistics staff appointment in all formation of the force.
The Army Chief said that robust training remains an important issue in the Nigerian Army capacity building effort, tasking the College to continue to review its curriculum to sustain it role towards achieving the force’s goals.
He said: “Efficient utilization of logistics support during operations, requires the right level and mix of skilled manpower which this college is mandated to provide through training.”
The Army Chief said he had directed the conduct of several training exercises which will dovetail into real time operations across the the six geo-political zone, adding that, “these operational activities will be conducted mainly maneuver formations and units as well as other establishment in the various divisions’ area of responsibilities.
General Yahaya also tasked the Nigerian Army College of Logistics to make significant input towards the Nigerian Army operational objectives, imploring the NACOL community to evolve ideas that would aid the establishment of more effective logistics support system for the force’s contemporary operations.
He said that there is need within the Force to also train officer irrespective of type of engagement in general staff duties, adding that it is for this reason that the authorities of the force has directed and approved the training of Direct Regular Commission officers in leadership and staff duties at the college.
Earlier, the Commandant of the NACOL Major General Martin Enendu said that the graduating students were assembled on January 2022 to undergo the training on logistics staff course for 28 weeks.
He said that 68 of the students were drawn from the Nigerian Army, while two were taken from the Nigerian Navy.
General Enendu said the course was designed to train middle cadre officers in the planning and execution of logistics operations in support of formations, corps, tri-service and multi-national forces, suing modern management techniques.
He said within the past few years the College has graduated 20 set of Logistics Management Course and 18 set of logistics staff course, thanking the Chief of Army Staff for the support in achieving these feat.
He said the Army Chief has released funds for the completion of various project within the school premises.