Maj.-Gen. Anthony Omozoje, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division, Nigerian Army, has advised commanders to be responsive, focussed and empathetic leaders that could be emulated by their subordinates.
Omozoje gave the advice in a statement by the Division Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Maj. Ikedichi Iweha, on Monday in Ibadan.
According to the statement, the GOC gave the advice while inaugurating three remodelled and renovated Corporal below Quarters at Ekehuan Barracks, Benin city in Edo.
Omozoje said the commanders in position of authority must be forward looking in order to have Nigerian Army that was well repositioned professionally to defeat all adversaries in a joint environment.
”The vision of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, is to have a Nigerian Army that is repositioned to professionally defeat all adversaries in a joint environment.
”To achieve this vision, commanders are to note that repositioning in terms of administration, is both key and focal.
“Adequate quartering has also been described as core to the actualisation of the vision of the COAS.
“Commanders at various levels must endeavour to improve facilities on ground for the wellbeing of soldier’s families across all barracks and Cantonments,” Omozoje said.
He commended the immediate past 4 Brigade Commander Brig.-Gen. Usman Bello, under whom the project was initiated, for exhibiting responsible leadership.
The GOC said the fact that the project was executed without the financial support of the Division made it more worthy of commendation.
Omozoje urged the incumbent Brigade Commander, Brig.-Gen. Abubakar Sadiq, to do more and surpass the achievements of his predecessor.
He said that the 4 Brigade was fortunate to have Commanders who were very focussed.
Earlier, Sadiq eulogised the leadership style of his predecessor, which he said, placed priority on the welfare of personnel.
He, therefore, promised to follow his good steps with the renovation of more blocks and address other welfare priorities within the barracks.