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In fullfilment of his promise to empower Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSM) to perform their roles, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, handed over keys and official documents of aToyota Hilux to the RSM of Headquarters 7 Division, Master Warrant Officer Mohammed Babayo.

A statement by Director Army Public Relations Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu Wednesday, said General Yahaya gave the car during an operational visit to the Division.

The COAS stated that the move is aimed at restoring the prestige associated with the office of an RSM, whom he described as the custodian of Nigerian Army customs, ethics and traditions. 

He also said RSMs in the Nigerian Army and the military globally, play pivotal role in refining, grooming, and  putting the regimental lives of young officers and soldiers in check, when  freshly deployed to the unit, on passing-out from their respective training institutions.

General Yahaya further said that it is paramount to provide them with requisite logistics to enhance their confidence and competence in order to reinvigorate and empower them for their essential role as a bridge between the Commanders and the soldiers in the hierachy of the NA.

 He disclosed that he will ensure the construction of tied-down accommodation for the RSMs, as well as renovate existing dilapidated structures in Army Barracks to demonstrate his commitment in this regard. 

The COAS had earlier presented two Hilux vehicles to Army Headquarters and Army Headquarters Garrison RSMs, during the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2021 in Abuja. 

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