The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General TY Buratai has been conferred with an Award of Excellence while being inducted into the Hall of Fame of Laclic Services Limited by the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Laclic Services Limited, Chief Ndubuisi Nzenwafor.
Chief Nzenwafor who was represented by the Regional Manager, Miss Ifeayinwa Olueze, presented the Award to the COAS who was represented by the Chief of Administration, Army; Major General KAY Ishyaku at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) during the graduation ceremony of the Indigenous Language Course 4\19 on Thursday 23 May 19.
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The representative of the Chief of Army Staff in his remarks posited that, the Indigenous Language Course is an initiative of Lieutenant General TY Buratai to make officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army (NA) proficient in two indigenous languages other than their mother tongue. The course is designed to adequately equip NA troops to operate seamlessly in the domestic security environment, thereby making them effective and efficient. He said, the aim of the course was to break the communication barriers imposed by the multi-lingual nature of Nigeria.
Lieutenant General Buratai admonished the graduands to see the certification as a learning process, so that overtime, they would progressively improve on it. “You must continue to recertify yourselves adequately, because failure to recertify will result in decertification and loss of benefits derived from the language proficiency”, he said.
The Director General of NARC, Major General GA Wahab (rtd) in his welcome address expressed his profound gratitude to the COAS for his exemplary leadership. He explained that the Language Course was conceived to key into the COAS’ vision to make officers and soldiers of the NA proficient in foreign and indigenous languages.
General Wahab said, the cardinal objectives of the Language Course was to position the NARC based on exigencies confronting the NA and the emphasis was heightened by the plethora of threats, necessitating the empowerment of officers and soldiers to communicate in indigenous languages for easy penetration and accessibility in operational areas. He explained that the method of instruction adopted were lectures, use of video clips, slides, pictures and small group work. He congratulated all the participants for successfully completing the course.
The highpoint of the event was the presentation of certificates to participants by the Special Guest of Honour and representative of COAS, Major General KAY Ishyaku. Amongst the dignitaries that graced the occasion were Executive Director NARC Consult, Major General IM Yusuf; Representative of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General SO Oloyede, and representatives of Principal Staff Officers from the Army Headquarters as well as Officers and Civilian staff of the Centre.