Army Chief Urges Stakeholders To Proffer Solution to National Problems

Nokai Origin, Abuja

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The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja has called on stakeholders in national development discussion to deliver practical solutions that are implementable especially as it regards national security interests.
The COAS stated this at a 2-day Round Table discussion on “Asymmetrical National Security Challenges, the Army and National Development” organised by the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) in collaboration with the Development Specs Academy (DSA) held in Abuja.

General Lagbaja who applauded the organisers and emphasised that the Nigerian Army supports the initiative, expressed the willingness of the Nigerian Army to receive ideas and opinions from the various segments of society.
“I am glad that the roundtable is not just holding but also attracting credible individuals from key stakeholder organisations that have what it takes to offer objective interventions on National security and developmental issues”

“My appeal to Nigerians is that they continue to support the Nigerian Army as it works to attain the peace that is desired and continue to provide the intelligence that will also help to enhance Troop’s effectiveness”

Earlier, the Director General of the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Major General Garba Wahab rtd stated that Nigeria must drive solutions for its problems locally.

General Garba Wahab emphasised that solutions for Nigeria’s problems are in the hands of Nigerians.

The Executive Director, of Development Specs Academy DSA, Professor Okey Ikechukwu stated that the Nigerian Army has continued to contain threats such as farmer herders clashes, banditry, and oil theft amongst others with a multifaceted approach, in collaboration with sister services head-on.

According to him, the historical, combination of kinetic and non-kinetic approaches gives better and it has become pertinent to apply a whole-of-society approach in tackling these challenges.

Professor Okey in proffering solutions said “We require citizens support, citizens engagement, restrictive justice initiatives, effective border management, skill acquisition programs, intensive agricultural seems inclusive governance and effective poverty alleviation”

He applauded the Nigerian Army’s commitment and outstanding dedication to duty in the face of all the security challenges as it continues to demonstrate excellence in safeguarding the nation and its citizens.

The Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Mallam Jibrin Ndace in a presentation emphasised the importance of national interest reporting and getting the Nigerian Army to be positioned and perceived well in society by patriotic media organisations.


He pointed out that the media space has expanded giving birth to the issue of fragmented audience while the biggest challenge for the Nigerian Army and other agencies is winning the hearts of the people.

“The Army must seize the high ground of narrative the way it seized the high ground of battle. They must be deliberate about how they share their stories, the Army needs more advocacy that can defend and uphold its image while the command and control structures may be a limitation for the Nigerian Army in terms of timeliness of dissemination of information, a chain of command”

He recommended that every military deployment and operation needs to have a media plan around it, as well as a skilled strategic communicator.

The 2-day Round Table discussion on “Asymmetrical National Security Challenges, the Army and National Development” organised by the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) in collaboration with the Development Specs Academy (DSA) ends on Tuesday 25th, June 2024 and the issues raised are expected to form part of solutions to national problems.

Dominica Nwabufo

 

 

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