The Chief of the Naval Staff, CNS, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo has charged Nigerian Navy warrant officers to promote professionalism and effective human resource development in the Service.
Gambo made this remark on the occasion of the Third Nigerian Navy Warrant Officers Convention held at the Admiralty Conference Center, Naval Dockyard Limited, Lagos, themed “Optimising Nigerian Navy Operations through Effective Warrant Officers’ Leadership”.
While presenting a keynote address at the occasion, the CNS stated that the feedback from the implementation of interesting and far-reaching recommendations from the maiden edition of the Convention which was held in 2016 spurred him to sustain the yearly feature of the Warrant Officers Convention on the Nigerian Navy Schedule of Events.
He further stated that the Nigerian Navy has every reason to be proud of the giant strides achieved in reducing illegalities.
According to him, “To this end, the Navy has every reason to be proud as our collective efforts have sufficiently reduced illegalities such as; crude oil theft, illegal bunkering, piracy, kidnapping, smuggling, militancy and pipeline vandalism in our maritime domain.
It is equally gratifying that we have continued to give a very good account of ourselves, in support of the other Services in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations, especially in the North East.
These successes would not have been possible without an enlightened and professional human resource.
The Warrant Officers cadre, play a pivotal role in these successes, and it is for their sake we are all gathered here today.”
Vice Admiral Gambo further stated that the need to collectively strive to build a credible Navy capable of discharging its constitutional roles in a sustainable, efficient, and effective manner, calls for continuous enlightenment and deliberate re-awakening of the tenets of professionalism and excellent work ethics among Naval personnel.
He said this amongst others, is the expectation of what the convention hopes to achieve, as Warrant Officers are expected to be experienced, visible, and professionally sound.
He asserted that Warrant Officers are key players in the lower level of the Nigerian Navy command structure and custodians of unit regimentation.
Therefore, they are well-positioned to instill discipline within the lower chain of command and to maintain naval customs and traditions.
While commending the Government’s continued support to the Nigerian Navy, Vice Admiral Gambo stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged his total support to the Armed Forces in its current campaign to restore the territorial integrity of the Nation.
The CNS urged the participants to continue to be loyal, patriotic, diligent, and disciplined.
He promised to judiciously apply all allocated resources as evidenced by the ongoing acquisition of an unprecedented number of boats, aggressive renovation, and the construction of barracks across the various Nigerian Navy establishments amongst others.
He once again reiterated his commitment to investing in quality training and education, as well as the motivation and welfare of personnel at all levels.
The two-day event is attended by participants drawn from the various Naval Units and establishments across the country.
The event avails presenters and discussants, carefully drawn from both serving and retired Naval personnel, the opportunity to proffer needed ideas that would enhance the human resource capacity of the Nigerian Navy, as it concerns the Warrant Officers, and by extension the entire body of ratings.