The Army Leadership has described Imo Governor Governor Hope Uzodimma as a pillar of support to the institution.
Army chief Tukur Yusuf Buratai, a Lieutenant-General, made the remarks on Monday when the army leadership paid a visit to Mr Uzodimma ahead of the opening ceremony of Regimental Sergeant Major Convention 2020 holding in Owerri, the Imo State Capital.
Mr Buratai was represented by the army’s Chief of Policy and Plan, Lieutenant-General L. O. Adeosun, who said that they were visited the Government House, Owerri as “mark of respect” for Governor Uzodimma, in appreciation of all the support he has shown to the army in Imo State.
The army also has kind words for the good people of Imo State under Governor Uzodimma’s watch, describing Imo as “a friendly State to the Nigerian Army.”
Mr Adeosun said that the event that brought the Army to Owerri is not the first and that they are optimistic it will not be the last because of the cordial relationship that exists between the Army and Imo State.
The theme of the RSM Convention 2020 is “Regimentation as an instrument of Professionalism, The Role of the RSM.”
The host Major-General Lasisi Adegboye who is General Officer Commanding 82 Division Nigeria Army, Enugu and Major-General U. S. Yakubu, Chief of Administration, Army in their welcome address urged the RSM to pass on their experiences to the younger ones.
Both generals acknowledged that RSM are custodians of discipline and professionalism in the Army with Mr Adegboye insisting that “Knowledge not shared is a wasted Knowledge.”
They said the convention has lined up resource persons that the participants can draw from their wealth of experience to build professional competence, education and discipline.
While declaring the event open, the Chief of Army Staff whose address read by Mr Adeosun said the convention is one of the training avenues to achieve his mission for the Nigerian Army.
“it is necessary you are adequately trained to play the role of bridge builder between the Army Officers and Soldiers, Buratai said, adding that the need to strengthen regimentation and discipline in the institution and at the barracks cannot be overemphasized.
Governor Uzodimma in his remarks, assured the army’s top brass that he will continue to partner with them for better security of lives and property in Imo and beyond.
He praised the army for the successes the institution has recorded in collaboration with other agencies, and urged the leadership to intensify efforts to ensure that normal life returns in the North-East which has been blighted by insecurity.
Governor Uzodimma thanked the army leadership for choosing Imo for the event, noting that the good people of the State will always be happy with their activities.
The event was witnessed by the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Professor Placid Njoku, several army and other security chiefs holding different command positions, top government officials and traditional rulers from Obinze and Mgbirichi.