Nigerian Army tasks finance personnel on proficiency

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The Nigerian Army on Wednesday mandated all its Finance personnel to be proactive and proficient in discharging their duties.

The Chief of Accounts and Budget, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Adetokunbo Fayemiwo, gave the charge at the 1 Division Finance Training Week 2024 in Kaduna.

Fayemiwo, represented by Chief of Staff, 1 Division Brig.-Gen. David Nwakonobi, said this would ensure that financial services were rendered to all the Nigerian Army personnel as well as units and formations at the right time and place.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the training Week is ‘Enhancing Capacity and Skills of 1 Division Finance Officers/Clerks for Proactive and Efficient Delivery of Financial Services to 1 Division Nigerian Army”.

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He stressed that the Nigerian Army finance personnel were to conform to the extant regulations and above all, remain professional in their conduct as military personnel.

“To ensure this, I have made it mandatory to all Nigerian Army Finance personnel to be adequately trained to carry  out their duties at all levels,” he said.

Fayemiwo explained that the  training was one of the pillars of the Chief of Army Staff Command Philosophy, which is “To Transform the Nigerian Army into a Well- trained, Equipped and Highly Motivated Force Towards Joint Environment”.

According to him, the division’s finance training week was designed to address the training needs of Finance officers and soldiers at the division level.

Fayemiwo said, ”It will provide a good platform for updating personnel on contemporary government financial policies, financial best practices and their implications on accounting for Nigerian Army funds.

“This training week will focus on enhancing the capacity of 1 Division Finance personnel in rendering professional and efficient financial services to the Nigerian Army.”

He added that the duties and responsibilities of the Nigerian Army Finance Corps were central to the performance and effectiveness of the Nigerian Army both in war and peace times.

“In pursuit of my training objectives for Year 2024, I directed all Division Finance Offices to conduct a Division Finance training week to address the training needs of their personnel,” he said.

The finance chief enjoined all the participants to be actively involved in the training sessions to derive maximum benefit from it.

Fayemiwo appreciated the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja for approving the training week and providing the resources required for its conduct.

Earlier, the Commander, 1 Division Finance and Accounts, Brig.-Gen. Adamu Kitchener, said the training was an initiative of the Chief of Accounts and Budget Army.

Kitchener said the training was to enhance development, Professionalism and improve the skills and knowledge among officers and soldiers in the finance corps.

”It is also to equip them to tackle financial issues and how to render useful advice to their superior in their various area of responsibility,” he said.

According to him,  the training has been well organised and packaged with professionals delivering lectures. (NAN)

By Muhammad Tijjani

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