Army tells officers to remain good ambassadors  

David Adekunle, Lagos

The Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information (NASPRI) has asked senior officers to utilise the knowledge acquired in the school to promote the army and remain good ambassadors.

The commandant of the school, Colonel John Agim gave the advice at the graduation ceremony of senior officers on Strategic Communication Course at Bonny Camp, Lagos.

The three-month course which began in July, saw 13 officers between the rank of Colonel and Lieutenant Colonel graduating from the school.

Colonel Agim further urged the officers to professionally impress their commanders to understand the workings of strategic communication and harness the huge operational advantages.

“The study tour undertaken during the course has exposed participants to the mechanics of strategic communications and how it can be deployed effectively to achieve results…This training window should act as a catalyst to further develop your capacities to operate maximally in the ever-changing information environment that could be exploited for huge operational success.

“I urge you to maintain the momentum, particularly at this critical period that the army is surging towards the victory in its fight against insurgency as it affects various operational exigencies,’’ he said.

Updating knowledge
The commandant stated that the officers had demonstrated their capacity to effectively carry out their respective functions in the field and stressed the need for constant update of their knowledge in information management.

One of the participants, Lieutenant Colonel Kingsley Samuel said he was happy to have finished the course.

“One of my best subject was the crisis management… I am glad for been enlightened more about strategic communication,’’ he said.

Another participant, Colonel Musa Anka said the course had impacted positively on him and broadened his horizon, making him better informed.

Also, Colonel Segiri Musa stated that the course had broadened his horizon and would be positively utilised in the field.

The strategic communication course had subjects like crisis communication and management, image and reputation management, manouverist approach to warfare among others.

Senior serving officers attended the graduation ceremony.

Mercy Chukwudiebere