The Nigerian Navy has embarked on human resource management training for Warrant Officers to boast the administrative capacity of the service.
The two-day convention with the theme ‘Warrant Officers As Vital Tools In Nigerian Navy Human Resource Management And Administration’, was aimed at enhancing Nigerian Navy human resources management and administration in line with the recently promulgated Chief of Naval Staff Strategic Directives 2.
The Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas commended personnel for their inputs in the ongoing fight against illegalities in the country’s maritime domain.
” I salute you all for your inputs in the ongoing fight against illegalities such as; crude oil theft, illegal bunkering, piracy, kidnapping and smuggling.”
“Through your support, the Navy has recorded successes in various areas of responsibility. We are also engaged with other Services in the counter insurgency operation in the Northeast,”he stated.
The first Nigerian Navy Warrant officers’ convention is designed to bridge the administrative gap between commissioned officers and non commissioned officers.
It will also enhance professionalism and human resource capacity of the service.
In this regard, the Chief of Naval Staff says the warrant officers have played important roles to successes achieved by the force.
Vice Admiral Ibas therefore reiterates the need to further sustain a credible Nigerian Navy that is capable of discharging its constitutional roles and tasks in efficient and effective manner through professional human resource capacity.
At the convention, issues that directly impact work ethics, leadership, divisional system, personnel safety, security and welfare were extensively addressed.
The Chief of Policy and Plans, Rear Admiral Adekunle Ajani said the import of the convention underscores the pivotal roles played by the warrant officers cadre in the Navy management chain.
“It has always been recognized that Navy Warrant Officers, Master Warrant Officers and indeed the entire cadre of Warrant Officers form crucial parts of the leadership of any fighting force. This is reminiscent of the Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSMs) we used to know in those days. I dare say their importance has not waned even in these contemporary times,” Rear Admiral Ajani said.
He also pointed out that the Navy is currently engaged in anti-crude oil theft operation and protection of critical maritime infrastructure in the Niger Delta of which the warrant officers are actively supporting their commanders to achieve the desired result.
Rear Admiral Ajani however, urged the warrant officers to key into the Nigerian government’s ‘Change Begins with Me’ agenda to promote the public image of the Nigerian Navy through exhibition of professionalism in the discharge of their duties, enforce discipline, as well as promote naval customs and traditions.