The Commandant National Defence College, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo has echoed that human resource management is a huge and very important responsibility that must be taken seriously at all levels of management cadre. He stated this recently when the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) North Central Zone paid him a courtesy call in Abuja. He lauded the activities of the Institute, describing it as a unique platform where managers come together to deliberate on stringent management challenges while arriving at possible solutions.
Admiral Osinowo assured the Institute of his continued support, stating that he will maintain and sustain the existing, cordial and healthy relationship between both Institutions. The Commandant briefed the Institute of the activities of the College since its inception, noting that the objective of both institutions is geared towards training at the management level, adding that the College trains at the Strategic Management Level.
Earlier in her remarks, the Chairman of the Institute for North Central Zone, Mrs Farida Bello thanked the Commandant for making out time out of his very tight schedule to receive them. She congratulated Admiral Osinowo on his appointment as the Commandant of the apex military training institution in Nigeria and West Africa at large. Mrs Bello applauded the commitment and distinctive leadership approach of the Commandant which she stated will further pilot the affairs of the College with zeal and excellence by promoting peace, harmony and economic growth for a better Nigeria.
She further solicited for cooperation which she noted Nigerian Institute of Management has been enjoying from the Commandant’s predecessors. Mrs Bello pledged Nigerian Institute of Management’s continued support to the present leadership of the College in any area that collaboration might be needed.
She concluded by calling on teaming Nigerian Institute of Management members in the National Defence College to henceforth participate actively in the Institute’s activities. The Chairman was accompanied by Dr Mrs Sally Adukwu-Bolujoko, Commodore Abimbola Ayuba (rtd), Prince Dr Emmanuel Jeminiwa, Mr Emmanuel Igboka Igbokidi. Others include; Alhaji Jimmy Abubakar, Mr Ijeoma Ohaeri, CP Chukwuma Kachy (rtd), Hajia Mrs Aisha Bello and Mr Ali San.
The National Defence College Nigeria, the highest Military Institution in Nigeria recently hosted a four star female Admiral at the College. The Admiral was at the College to deliver a lecture on Women, Peace and Security to Participants of NDC Course 26 and selected Senior Officers from the Armed Forces, Police, Ministries, Departments and Agencies. Admiral Michelle Howard is the first African American woman to command a ship in the United States Navy and also the first woman to be promoted to the amiable rank of a four star Admiral in the United States Navy.
Admiral Howard, the Commander Allied Joint Force Command Naples and Commander United States Forces Europe and Africa was received by the Commandant National Defence College, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo. While delivering her lecture, Admiral Howard spoke explicitly on gender mainstreaming within the Armed Forces in relation to various national and international conventions on military warfare and other issues and platforms contingent on the attainment of global peace and security.
The Commandant National Defence College, Rear Admiral Osinowo while making his remarks said the visit of Admiral Howard to the College and the choice of the lecture on Women, Peace and Security no doubt provided a unique opportunity for the audience to hear from a personality that has risen to the pinnacle of her career as an enviable four star Admiral in the United States Navy. The Commandant described the Admiral as a role model and one of the best personalities to speak on gender issues, as well as on mentorship to the women folk who hold on to a dream of fulfilling a career in the military and in other endeavours.
Commandant NDC Nigeria, Rear Admiral AA Osinowo making
a souvenir presentation to Admiral Michelle Howard
The Commandant further remarked that in “contemporary terms, we live in an era of mutatory and migratory threats to security both within and across national boundaries”. He further mentioned that one of the glaring consequences of the attendant conflicts to this trend of insecurity is that women and girls suffer the impact the most. He reiterated that women are also targets of other specific forms of violence and abuse including sexual violence and exploitation. Rear Admiral Osinowo concluded that in order to address the problem of violence against women, there is a compelling need to promote gender perspectives to conflict prevention and resolution, peace building, peace keeping, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts.
Holistically, the guest speaker said that over time, the United Nations has recognized the conditions of women in the scene as an indicator of whether or not they can achieve peace and stability, and that nations can only have to operate to understand the conditions of women on the ground and understand how nations can make life better for women and children in order to achieve peace and security. She was accompanied by the United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Stuart Symington alongside other high profile dignitaries.
Admiral Michelle Howard in a Group Photography with members of Faculty of NDC Nigeria
The National Defence College Nigeria has part of its orientation activities conducted the Participants of Course 26 on a familiarization tour of Abuja. The leader of the team was Commodore Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla. The places visited during the tour include the National Assembly, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, National Space Research and Development Agency. The Participants also visited the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory Headquarters.
The objective of the familiarization tour was to acquaint the Participants of Course 26 with their immediate environment in Abuja and also to expose Participants to likely places where research materials could be obtained while on the course.
A total of 137 Participants partook in the familiarization tour, 54 Participants from the Nigerian Army, 26 from the Nigerian Navy and 27 from the Nigerian Air Force. Others are 4 Participants from Nigeria Police Force, and one Participant each from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) Such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Department of State Service, Defence Intelligence Agency, National Intelligence Agency, Nigeria Customs, Federal Road Safety Corps and National Assembly. Meanwhile, National Assembly is participating for the very first time in the College.
International Participants from Bangladesh, Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Germany, Ghana, India, Madagascar, Malawi and Mali were also in attendance. Other International Participants that partook in the familiarization tour are Niger, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
Commodore EI Ogalla presenting a souvenir to the Clerk of the National Assembly