Regimental Sergeant Majors have been charged to always ensure discipline in their various units and barracks.
The chief of army staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, who gave the charge recently at a three-day convention organized for RSMs at the Abakpa Cantonment, 82 Division, Enugu, said that regimentation and discipline are the core principles of the Nigerian Army in which the tradition, ethics and customs of the army are enshrined.
Represented by Major Gen. Idris Alkali, the army’s chief of administration, Buratai noted that the army demanded a clear-cut professionalism and dedication to duty from regimental sergeant majors. “The Chief of Army Staff demands improved performance from the regimental sergeant majors. At all times, you must uphold high regimentation and discipline in your various units and barracks,” he said.
He also charged them to act as fathers to soldiers an serve as custodians of their units and barracks. “You must ensure that you extend what you learnt to your soldiers and all those under you,” he said, adding that it would amount to waste if such knowledge died them.
Earlier in his welcome address, the General Officer Commanding the 82 Division, Major-General, Adamu Abubakar noted that the Regimental Sergeant Major was the most effective link between officers and soldiers. He stressed the need for discipline in the army saying, “without discipline, personnel will not be able to key into the
chief of army staff’s vision of having a professionally responsive army with the requisite capacity to discharge its constitutional roles.
He advised the participants to utilize the teachings at the convention to fashion out how best to perform their roles in the interest of the Nigerian army and the country at large. “You are expected to pass down the knowledge gained in this convention
to your troops in your various units,” he said.
The theme of the convention was, “Strengthening the Framework for Discipline and Regimentation for Professional Responsiveness in the Nigerian Army”.