The Commandant National Defence College Nigeria, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo has said that the nexus between the National Defence College and the Ministry of Interior demands increased cooperation and synergy in addressing mutual areas of concern in the quest for maintenance of national security and progress being made in the North East. This he said is particularly germane as the security agencies under the Ministry of Interior remain critical to counter terrorism and counter insurgency efforts in the North East. He reiterated that the connecting principle is profound in areas of research and strategic level training on internal security and national development. The Commandant made this remarks recently when he paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulraham Danbazau (rtd) CFR PhD.
The Commandant Rear Admiral Osinowo, reiterated that he took over as commandant on the 11 August 2017 and deemed it necessary to acquaint the Minister of Interior with relevant developments in the College. He equally sought to strategically reposition the College across all spectra, such as the Centre for Strategic Research and Studies, infrastructure, national, regional and global visibility through academic engagements with Ministries, Departments and Agencies and similar international institutions. In repositioning of the Centre for Strategic Research and Studies, the Commandant said the centre has developed a 3 year work plan (2018-2020) which has been approved by the College Governing Board late last year. He emphasized that the key strands are research, special training, brain storming sessions, roundtable, capacity building and publication. The Commandant added that the activities of the strands have potentials of assisting the Ministry of Interior in the deployment of its personnel in the North East counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations.
In another development, Rear Admiral Osinowo solicited collaboration with the Ministry of Interior to man the newly built fire service stations in the College. The Commandant further solicited the cooperation of the Honourable Minister to speak to the College by sharing thoughts on internal security policies and landscape. The Commandant said, the thoughts and wealth of experience of the General will broaden participants’ understanding of the key fundamentals, critical to participants’ ability to author research works in internal security policies.
The Honourable Minister of Interior, while giving his response thanked the Commandant for deeming it necessary to visit him to share thoughts that would promote national interest. The Minister therefore, assured the commandant that immediate measures would be taking to ensure efficient collaboration between the Ministry of Interior and the National Defence College.
The College Secretary National Defence College Nigeria, Air Vice Marshal Shafiyi Kudu, recently applauded the Commandant National Defence College, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo, for his giant developmental strides in adding structural aesthetic to the College environment. The College Secretary commended the Commandant while commissioning the remodeled National Defence College Vocational Training Centre located at Ushafa Camp, Abuja. The College Secretary while delivering his remarks during the commissioning ceremony seized the opportunity to express his profound appreciation to the Commandant who conceived the plan to remodel the Vocational Training Centre. He added that the Commandant “is an achiever per excellence and that the Ushafa community and the College at large will enjoy the transformed facility”.
Relatively, the College Secretary asserted during his remarks that the remodeling of the vocational centre will mitigate the problem of space for training individuals and the college community for capacity development. He therefore urged benefactors of the noble project to make judicious use of the facility. He thereafter reassured the College community in Ushafa of the College’s continued role in the development of manpower for technological and national advancement.
In another development, the Manager of the Vocational Centre, Mrs Rachael Adeniyi, thanked the Commandant for the completion and commissioning of the Vocational Centre. She assured the Commandant that the facility will be adequately utilized for the interest of humanity. Similarly, the Manager said, the expansion of the vocational center will create more room for admission of more community members to gain vocational training. The commissioning ceremony was graced by highly placed dignitaries.
The Commandant, National Defence College Nigeria, Rear Admiral Osinowo, recently played host to a four Man Team from the Foreign Relations Department of the Turkey General Staff (TGS) headed by Air Commodore Necati Gunduz, at the Conference Hall of the College. The team was comprised of the Head of Foreign Relations Department of Turkish General Staff, Head of TGS–African Branch, Colonel Hahery Latey, Turkey Defence Attaché to Nigeria, Group Captain Mu’at Selehcuhli, and Lieutenant Commander Nimat Emrah, the TGS Head of the Military Training Cooperation.
While welcoming the team to the College, the Commandant expressed the desire of the College to build fruitful relationship with Turkey military in relevant ramifications. He observed that what Turkey is passing through today as a nation is a challenge, he however asserted that the Country has the knowledge and the experience to forge amicable resolution in that regard and that the College is ready to learn from these knowledge and experiences.
Furthermore, the Commandant informed the visiting team that the College invites experienced stakeholders in various field of endeavour from around the world to come and deliver lecture to participants. He equally disclosed the possibility of the College extending such invitation to senior members of the TGS to come and deliver lecture in the field of either economics, military or governance.
Rear Admiral Osinowo revealed that the College hosted participants from 16 various countries around the world. In addition, he affirmed that the College is a foremost military training institution in Nigeria and the entire African Continent that trains senior military officers from the rank of Colonel and its equivalent. He added that the College has Centre for Research and Strategic Studies that is conducting specialized research and offers training programmes. The Commandant asserted that “at the centre we do conduct seminars, workshops on tropical issues relating to security and national development”. Moreover, he stated that ECOWAS is in partnership with the College under which it conducts Senior Peace Keeping Mission Course for members of the Armed Forces and police. Giving his remarks earlier on, the leader of the visiting Team, Air Commodore Gunduz observed that there are many possible fields for military cooperation between Nigeria and Turkey. He specifically declared that the TGS, Nigerian Army and Air Force could share common experiences. He said that he was foreseeing Nigeria becoming a powerful country in Africa. In his words, “This our visit is the second military dialogue between Turkey and Nigeria; we have so much common experiences and we are ready to share it with you”, Air Commodore Gunduz further assured.
While giving an opening statement at the onset of the visit, Major General Ogunkale, the leader of the Nigerian Military Team that visited Turkey earlier on and also the senior officer that accompany the Team to the College explained that it was on the existing bilateral relations between Nigeria and Turkey that the military thought it wise to work out the possibility of military cooperation between the 2 countries in terms of training and otherwise. He explained that it was in this regard that the Nigerian Military Team that was headed by him visited Turkey and held dialogue. It was based on this premise that the second Nigeria-Turkey military dialogue was held in Nigeria, he asserted.