The National Defence College has introduced the Regional Study Tour to Economic Community of West African States and Economic Community of Central African States in its Curriculum. The Maiden Tour took place between 26 February to 1 March 2017 in which three West African Countries namely Ghana, Mali and Togo were visited.
In the Republic of Mali, the Commandant and Members of Team 2 were hosted by the President of Mali, His Excellency Ibrahim Boubakcar Kaita. The Team were later hosted by the Director General of Ecole de Maintien de La Paix, Alioune Blondin Beye (EMPABB) Peace Keeping Training School, Bamako, Brig Gen Sinko Coulibaly.
In his address, the President of Mali expressed his delight and appreciation for the choice of Mali as one of the Countries for the Regional Study Tour. He then called for more collaborations in term of information sharing within the Sub-Region, adding that it is only the solution to the rising case of insurgency. He also advocates for the establishment of ECOWAS Standby Special Force.
In his remarks, the Commandant informed the president that the Regional Study Tour was introduced to enable Participants of the College to gain the Knowledge and Socio-Cultural setting of the Sub-Region. He also informed the President that National Defence College is conducting research on Food Crisis in the Region with a view to proffering solution to the numerous Food Crisis affecting the Sub-Region. The Commandant and his team later proceeded to Ghana where he was received by the Ghanaian Chief of Defence Staff Gen OB Akwa and Service Chiefs. He later visited the Kofi Anan International Peacekeeping Operations Centre and the Command and Staff College. He was later hosted to a dinner by the CDS of Ghana.
Similarly, the Deputy Commandant and Director of Studies Major General EG Ode and Members of Team 3 visited Togo. Places visited in Togo include Defence Headquarters, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Hydraulics, Fish Production Lake in the Togo Lake and Lome Market amongst others.
The United States African Command (AFRICOM) has sought for more Collaborative efforts in terms of Training and Security between the U.S and Nigeria. The Commander AFRICOM General Thomas Waldhauser made this declaration while delivering a lecture for Course 25 Participants at The National Defence College, Abuja. The Commander re-iterated the U.S Government’s determination to continue to partner with Nigeria in the areas of Defence and National Security. Highlighting the vision of AFRICOM, the Commander said, “We intend to build Defence capacity and promote Regional Security through Strategic Leadership Training with the Nigerian Military”, adding that this effort will further strengthen the ties between both Countries in particular and Africa in general.
The objective of the lecture was primarily to strengthen and deepen Defence capabilities between both Countries, improvement in the Information Sharing, Training, Deterring and Defeating Transnational Threats and Increasing the Partnership with AFRICOM to respond to Crisis situations in the African region. He further hinted on the best practices expected from Senior Military Personnel for Strategic Leadership adding that Officers must learn to trust their Subordinates, be more transparent and Innovative, and must strive to decentralize decision-making for the effective discharge of their duties. He said Officers must be broad and more in-depth in their thinking, and must exercise high level of physical and mental toughness on and off duty.
In his remarks, the Commandant, National Defence College, Rear Admiral Sanmi Alade thanked the Commander, AFRICOM for the visit and called for more collaboration between the College and the International Community.
The Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has launched the Harmonized Standard Operating Procedures for Arrest, Detention and Prosecutions of Vessels and Persons in Nigeria’s Maritime Environment. The Ceremony took place at the College Auditorium of the National Defence College. The Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ekwe Ibas in his opening remarks said that some of the challenges hindering effective Maritime Governance in Nigeria include lack of common understanding and limited synergy among Maritime law Enforcement Agencies (MLEAs). In particular, handling of issues related to arrest, Detention and Prosecution of Vessels have been attended with unsavoury consequences detrimental to the corporate image of MLEAs and loss of revenue to the nation. These realities according to the CNS among others necessitated the articulation of the Harmonized Standard Operating Procedures.
In his remarks, the Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN said that Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE) remains an indispensable tool and process for emplacing Effective Governance in the National Maritime Space. According to him, it has become necessary to address attendant inadequacies hindering the effort of MLEAs.
Commandant, Rear Admiral SI Alade making a souvenir presentation to
Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu after his lecture
Similarly, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress and Elder statesman, Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has delivered a lecture to Participants of NDC Course 25 on the topic titled ‘Strategic Leadership'