The Nigerian Army has organised a three day workshop on transformational leadership for the Nigerian Army personnel in Abuja.
The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, while addressing the participants at the workshop noted that Transformational Leadership Workshop is clearly and explicitly designed to teach and preach transformational leadership values to the next generation of Nigerian Army leaders.
The Army Chief pointed out that leadership is core to military professionalism; hence all military professional courses include aspects of military leadership skills acquisition.
“Military leadership skills equip personnel with the capacity to control and care for members of their group from the lowest tactical to the highest operational level. The NA even conducts special military leadership programmes when necessary to complement what is provided in the routine courses and all such programmes, however, are mainly designed to build capacities that enhance the intellectual and physical components of a fighting force: the ‘How’ we fight and the ‘what’ we fight with,” said COAS.
Buratai further stated that a professional NA also needs to build up and sustain its moral component adding that the Nigerian Army has had good success over the years in grooming of military leaders which is evident in the many successes that the NA has had in its operations and the high performance of its personnel in international/multinational operations or other military duties.
“I, therefore, believe that the transformational leadership workshops will again remind and clarify to participants what our President and Commander in Chief meant by: “This generation and indeed, future generations of Nigerians have no other country but Nigeria, we must remain here and salvage it together,” said Buratai.
Earlier in his welcome address, Chief of Transformation and Innovation, Army, Major General Felix Agugo said the workshop is designed to foster a very critical, though intangible attribute of every Service personnel and the will to perform assigned tasks.
“This workshop will expose participants to a number of things in Nigeria that they can take pride in, thus clarifying the imperatives of patriotic citizenship and national loyalty even in the face of globalization and emerging technologies, It will interrogate the understanding of service, sacrifice and honour among the participants and provide them with worthy examples to emulate”.
“Furthermore, it will work out ways to institutionalize mentorship as a framework for raising leaders as well as the environment/tools necessary for mentorship while highlighting the values of communal dependency, communal surveillance and communal enforcement, as against the dangers of individualism and sycophancy (eye-service) among military professionals” Said Major General Felix Agugo.
During the three day workshop, other speakers like Professor Tony Iredia, Mr. Charles Ojugbana amongst others. Part of the activities for the workshop include frank talks by some national and military transformational leaders, plenary as well as syndicate group discussions on given topics.
According to the organisers, Department of Army transformation and Information management System, similar workshops will be organised in Kaduna, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Maiduguri and Enugu.
The theme of the workshop is “Lead, follow or get out of the way!”