The HQ 6 Div NA held its first Junior Commanders’ Seminar at the Python’s Officers Mess, Port Harcourt Barracks from 2 – 4 May 18. The 3 days Seminar; a training initiative of the Division’s activities towards achieving the COAS vision, was designed to develop Junior Commanders’ knowledge, Command and Leadership Skills. The Special Guest of Honour Maj Gen JGS Hamakim (Rtd), DG NARC, during his opening remark commended the General Officer Commanding 6 Division for the initiative, while appreciating the COAS, for his untiring efforts in providing the resources to conduct the Seminar in the face of competing demands in the NA. He went further to recapitulate the essence of the Seminar and added that the exercise will serve as a means of mentorship for the Junior Commanders to cross fertilised ideas and experiences on the operational planning process, execution and leadership in the discharge of military tasks.
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In addition, the DG NARC noted that the maiden Seminar could not have come at a better time than now, especially with the growing concerns on the capacity of the Junior Commanders to lead in operations and tackle contemporary security challenges. He further sighted other operations such as in the North East, Niger Delta and other places where NA troops were deployed in the country. The above operational experiences has brought to fore some gaps in training and operations and hence necessitated a re-orientation for the Junior Commanders. He enjoined the resource persons (who are well experienced and highly proficient gentlemen officers) to ensure that their knowledge and presentations broaden the participants’ horizon on the art of command, operation planning and leadership. He added that the presentations should be in-depth so as to generate useful discussions. He therefore declared the Seminar opened.
During the 3 days Seminar, 6 x lectures were delivered. These includes; Building a Better NA for Effective Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency: The Role of Junior Comds; Improving the Quality of Training in the NA: The Role of Junior Comds; and Improving the Image of the NA: The Media in Perspective. Others lectures were; Effective Civil Military Relations as a Tool for Combating Security Challenges; Junior Comds Effective Leadership in the NA; and Training and Mentorship: The Best Welfare for Junior Comds.