In line with the National Defence College’s course curriculum, a total of 128 participants of course 27 of the College has embarked on Geo-Strategic Tour of States from Monday 8 October to Friday 12 October 2018. Faculty Members and Administration Staff are part of the Study Tour. The participants were organized into eight states for the purpose of the Study Tour, where each of the team is to visit one of the designated eight states, namely; Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Jigawa, Niger and Zamfara States. The theme of this year’s tour is “Management of the Youth and Security: The State Experience”
According to the Commandant National Defence College, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo, the Geo-Strategic Study Tour of states by the participants was more of a fact finding mission on the experiences of the Respective States in Management of Youth and National Security. He reiterated that, the Geo-Strategic Study Tour of the States was one of the many germane events that were specifically designed to educate the participants as strategic leaders as well as to help prepare them for the core activities scheduled for the course.
The National Defence College, the apex military training institution in Nigeria and sub-Saharan region recently inaugurated a total of 128 participants that span from the Nigerian Armed Forces, Nigeria police, Ministries Departments and Agencies. Also, participants from 17 countries that cut across Asia, Europe and part of Africa were among the participants inaugurated. The special Guest of honour, General Yakubu Gowon GCFR while delivering the inauguration lecture titled the Nigerian Youth and National Security: An Examination of Strategic Options, asserted that the title of the lecture falls within the realm of his believe in mentoring young people and providing advice and guidance on national unity, peace and stability whenever needed.
General Yakubu Gowon delivering Inauguration Lecture to participants of Course 27
General Gowon reiterated that there is a prevalent national security risk of a large youth population which necessitates a compelling need for a deliberate strategic option to keep young people from maladaptive behaviours to adaptive behaviours for the common good of nationhood. The guest lecturer emphasized, that the aftermath of the civil war necessitated the government to initiate new policies and programmes as well as create new institutions to strengthen the clearly weak traditional institutions, in other to heal the decays of the society. This initiative he emphasized, prompted the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, which was a structural mechanism designed to promote unity and integration. He added that there is hope for future positive social engagement and political inclusion for the youth.
Major General Peter Dauke being introduced to General Yakubu Gowon
on his arrival to National Defence College Nigeria
The Commandant, National Defence College, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo while given his remarks, reiterated that the College’s values which are erected on Excellence, Integrity and Service, provided the basis for continuation of the institutional values which demands absolute commitment to hard work in order to uphold the essential standards in a manner that will enable its graduates to be truly strategic leaders in the 21st century.
The Honourable Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali used the opportunity to commend the President, Commander In- Chief of the Armed Forces, General Muhammadu Buhari, for signing the Bill on Not –Too-Young to Run, which will encourage the youths to partake in active politics. Similarly, the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development during his remarks beckon on African leaders to review their efforts towards addressing challenges confronting youth within the Continent. He reiterated the need to use sports for job creation and promotion of peace and security. Conclusively, the Inauguration Activities included tree planting and commissioning of Participants Quarters 4 at the National Defence College Permanent Site Piwoyi.
General Yakubu Gowon(Gcfr)During The Planting of Trees Ceremony At NDC Permanent Site Piwoyi
General Yakubu Gowon's Arrival At NDC Permanent Site Piwoyi for Foundation Laying
Ceremony of NDC Administration Block
Reflection of The Inauguration Ceremony of NDC Course 27 Participants
Group Photograph to Mark The Inauguration Ceremony
The National Defence College Nigeria and the College of International Security Affairs, National Defence University Washington held a bilateral training workshop for faculty members on combating terrorism and irregular threats curriculum development. The workshop took place at the Centre for Strategic Research and Studies of the National Defence College Nigeria from 10-14 September 2018.
The workshop was geared towards sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas between faculty members of the institutions on strategic level estimates on irregular threats. The plenary covered irregular threats in the contemporary security environment, lexicon on operational design and framework as well as strategic framework estimate on the Boko Haram insurgency. It also covered the speciality issues, Sri Lanka on counter terrorism/ counter insurgency, the Nexus and linkages and also practical exercises on Boko Haram insurgency. A strategic estimate framework was developed and used as a critical tool in dealing with current security challenges in Nigeria and the Sahel region.
Prior to the commencement of the workshop, the leader of the College of International Security Affairs, National Defence University Washington delegation, Ambassador Erica Barks Ruggles paid a courtesy call on the Commandant, National Defence College, Nigeria, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo to discuss issues of interest to both institutions in line with the memorandum of understanding. She used the opportunity to applaud the developmental strides in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja compared to the last time she visited Nigeria 20 years ago. Ambassador Ruggles asserted that College of International Security Affairs, National Defence University Washington mission is to educate and prepare senior civilian and military security professionals and future leaders of the United State and partners as nations for the strategic challenges of the contemporary security environment. She emphasized that the College of International Security Affairs, National Defence University Washington is the US Department of Defence flagship training institution for education and the building of partnerships capacity in combating terrorism and irregular warfare at the strategic level. Ambassador Ruggles expressed her appreciation to the National Defence College Nigeria for the collaboration and the hosting of the workshop which she described as unique in all ramifications. She expressed her desire for further cooperation and collaboration between National Defence College Nigeria and College of International Security Affairs, National Defence University Washington.
Earlier, during one of the series of lectures lined up for the workshop, Dr Thomas Marks, one of the resource persons from the United States opined that protecting citizens in all spectrum in a democratic dispensation is the fundamental responsibility of governance. He reiterated that the need to understand the root causes and drivers of radicalization which leads to violent extremism at the strategic level and develop a framework for a strategic response was what prompted the entire one week conduct of the workshop.
The Deputy Commandant and Director of Studies Major General Peter Dauke, in his sum up at the workshop observed that the facilitators have done justice to the subject matter as it relates to terrorism and other irregular security threats. He reiterated that a strategic leader must be critical in studying and analyzing any given situation before action. He added that, if one cannot be able to identify a problem, he or she cannot be able to resolve it appropriately. He informed the audience that as part of the efforts to enhance the relationship between the two institutions, the National Defence University Washington has invited the Commandant National Defence College Nigeria, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo, to visit the United States in order to explore areas for further collaboration.