Chief of the Naval Staff, CNS, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo has reiterated that there would be zero tolerance for wastages in the Navy under his watch.
This was contained in the Navy chief’s remarks during the opening ceremony yesterday, 20th April, to flag off a 2-day retreat by the Nigerian Navy, tagged “Effective Management for Nigerian Navy Operational Efficiency”.
Vice Admiral Gambo stated that the retreat was most propitious as it will focus the NN on the role of decision making, feedback mechanism and finance in engendering effective management across all levels of command in the Nigerian Navy.
According to Gambo, the retreat was also intended to remind the participants on the critical role played by campaign planning in developing the ability of commanders to understand the task at hand, plan effectively, employ systemic framework to make smarter operational decisions and minimize operations risks at all levels of command in the Service.
While acknowledging the need to emplace a robust feedback mechanism, especially one that promotes accountability, Admiral Gambo recalled several attempts that have been made at stimulating an effective management regime by putting in place a robust feedback mechanism that requires commanders at all levels to sign a performance bond.
The CNS reminded the participants that the Retreat was being held at a critical period when the country faced COVID-19 pandemic challenges, which has brought with it, tightened budget restrictions and multifaceted security challenges across the nation, emphasizing that the situation calls for prudent resource management, innovation, accountability and deep reflection that would bring about patriotic rededication to service.
He further stressed that financial management was a key topic for discussion during the retreat, which he said is expected to bring all commanders up to speed in the need for prudent utilization of resources as the NN under his watch will have zero tolerance for wastages.