The Nigerian Navy in Lagos on Thursday said its Warrant Officers cadre played a pivotal role in the fight against insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok-Ette Ibas, said this in his keynote address at the Second Nigerian Navy Warrant Officers Convention held at the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Quorra, Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ibas was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Rear Adm. Beegroy Ibe-Enwo.
The theme of the convention is “Responsive Warrant Officers’ Leadership and ‘Operational Efficiency in the Nigerian Navy”.
“The Navy has every reason to be proud as our collective efforts have sufficiently reduced illegalities such as crude oil theft, illegal hankering, piracy, kidnapping, smuggling, militancy and pipeline vandalism in our maritime domain.
“It is equally gratifying that we have continued to give a very good account of ourselves in support of the other services in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations, especially in the North East.
“These successes would not have been possible without an enlightened and professional human resource. The Warrant Officers cadre, play a pivotal role to these successes and we are here to give more impetus to their output,” he said.
He said the need to collectively strive to build a credible Navy capable of discharging its constitutional roles called for continuous enlightenment and deliberate re-awakening of the tenets of professionalism and excellent work ethics among the naval personnel at all levels.
“This expectation is what the convention hopes to achieve as Warrant Officers are expected to be experienced, visible and professionally sound.
“Thus, they are well positioned to instill discipline within the lower chain of command and to maintain naval customs’ and traditions,” he said
He said it was also worthy of mention that Warrant Officers were an important link between the officer corps and the junior ratings cadre.
“Hence, it is imperative to emphasise that the operational and administrative goals of the navy cannot be attained without disciplined, knowledgeable and highly resourceful class of Warrant Officers.
“No doubt, Warrant Officers are key players in the lower level of the naval command structure and custodians of unit regimentation.
“It is expected that they would willingly and effectively discharge their responsibilities at all times if professionalism and. operational efficiency are to be sustained in the service,” he said.
The Chairman, Planning and Organising Committee of the convention, Commodore Kenedy Egbuchulam, said that the idea of the convention was conceived after a careful thoughts of the vital roles warrant officers played in ensuring a professional and effective military.
“The convention is to enlighten these categories of managers on their roles and responsibilities in achieving the objectives and aspirations of the Navy in line with the CNS’ directive.