By Joy Odor
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has charged Nigerian Army (NA) Chief Clerks to be responsive and professional in discharging their duties as custodians of army documents and records.
This was contained in a press statement made available to newsmen by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General ONYEMA NWACHUKWU in Abuja on Tuesday shortly after the 2021 NA Chief Clerks’ Convention which held in Headquarters 81 Division, Lagos.
He said responsive and professional discharge of duties will greatly enhance optimal performance of the clerks.
While presenting the COAS’ Keynote address at the opening ceremony, the Commandant Nigerian Army College of Logistics, Major General Martins Enendu reiterated the importance of the Convention to the NA.
The COAS said “if Chief Clerks carry out their duties effectively, there is no doubt, they will contribute immensely towards the actualization of his vision for the NA, which is to have “A Professional Nigerian Army Ready to Accomplish Assigned Missions in a Joint Environment in the Defence of Nigeria”.
He stated that as trained Clerks they must uphold the tenets of security of documents, which provides the guidelines for professional conduct.
The first Lecture titled “Capacity Development of Clerical Staff: Challenges and ways forward” was succinctly delivered by Colonel Onyekachi Eneowo who enlightened the participants on the roles of NA Clerical Staff.
He pointed out the challenges to capacity development, especially in the face of current security challenges confronting the nation.
In the same vein, Brigadier General Chijioke Onwule in a lecture titled, “Exploring Information Communication Technology for Optimal performance of the NA Chief Clerks drew the attention of the participants to global best practices that are in tune with military conventions.
Speaking at the event, General Officer Commanding 81 Division NA, Major General Lawrence Fejokwu urged the participants to make optimal use of the opportunity by learning the rudiments of contemporary clerical work.
He also disclosed that knowledge acquired would enable them function in various capacities.
The NA 2021 Chief Clerks Convention attracted a summit of senior officers and over 400 Chief Clerks drawn from units, formations, Corps Headquarters and training institutions across the Nigerian Army.