The National Defence College has concluded the Graduation Ceremony of Course 26 Participants on Friday 3 August 2018. A total of 136 participants graduated from the Apex Military Training Institution in Nigeria and Sub-Sahara region. Out of the 136 participants, 16 were from countries in Asia, Europe and part of Africa. These countries include Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’voire, Congo. Others are Ghana, Germany, India, Malawi, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Tanzania. A total of 10 Participants were equally from the Ministries Departments and Agencies. Additionally we had 4 participants from the Nigeria Police Force.
Gp Capt OB Odeyinde (Right) receiving the overall best prize
from the Secretary of the Federation, Mr Boss Mostapha
The graduation ceremony culminated to award and prizes for deserving participants. Group Captain OB Odeyinde got the Grand prize of the President and Commander-in-Chief and winner of the Commandant NDC Prize. This success, herald Group Captain OB Odeyinde the first overall in terms of merit, while Group Captain OO Oyesola was second in order of merit and Group Capt EP Efanga emerged the third in order of merit. Other awards include, winner of the Director General National Intelligence Agency Prize by Colonel Y Ali, winner of the Inspector General of Police prize by Colonel JO Attah, winner of Chief of the Air Staff Prize by Group Captain AO Kotun. Additionally, the winner of the Chief of Naval Staff Prize by Captain (NN) CD Okehie, winner of the Chief of Army Staff Prize by Colonel H Yanet, winner of the Chief of Defence Staff Ghana Armed Forces Prize by Col SY Asare and the Brazilian Government prize by Group Captain FCS Uwakara.
In line with the desire to foster a faster, more responsive and more accountable Peacekeeping Operations as recommended in the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) and the UN Secretary General’s Implementation Reports. The National Defence College Nigeria has billed to hold a roundtable on Future of Peace Support Operations: Implications for Nigeria, at the Officers’ Mess on Thursday, 28 June 2018.
The Roundtable was conceptualized on the fact that peacekeeping since its inception has remained a viable conflict management tool. More so, the observation that the changing nature and dynamism of conflicts, have become more complex in the context of threats like terrorism, maritime insecurity, trans-national organized crimes and many others.
The Roundtable in anticipation requires participants to come up with measures and strategies that would improve Nigeria’s engagement in Peace-Keeping Support Operation. Some of the Papers to be presented by various stakeholders at the Roundtable include, Future of PSO: Implications for Nigeria, Nigeria and the Future of African Led PSO, Prospect of Civilian Participation in PSO, Partnership and Institutional Support for PSO and many others.
The Governor Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Godwin Emefiele lauded the National Defence College for playing key role in providing an enabling environment for capacity development to senior military officers across 16 international countries. He made the remarks when the Commandant, National Defence College, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo paid him a courtesy call. He reiterated that the effort of the college in contributing to the strategic intellectual development of senior military personnel across the globe is gratifying to Nigeria.
The Commandant NDC Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo and The Governor Central Bank of Nigeria
Dr Godwin Emefiele During The Commandant’s Courtesy Call On The Governor
The Central Bank Governor used the opportunity to solicit for the National Defence College to give a slot to the Senior Staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria to partake in the one year training package of the prestigious military training institution. The Governor also applauded the Federal Government for the integrated facilities under construction at the National Defence College permanent site Piwoyi. He added that when the facilities are completed it will ease the stress of Participants from going far to receive lectures.
Reflection of The Courtesy Call On The Governor Central Bank of Nigeria
The Commandant Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo while giving his remarks informed the Governor Central Bank of Nigeria that the National Defence College is the apex strategic military training institution in Nigeria and the Sub- Saharan region. He added that the strategic training institution affords Participants the opportunity to exploit their intellectual horizon and expand their professional expertise. The Commandant was accompanied by the College Secretary, Air Vice Marshal Dahiru Sanda, Provost Centre for Strategic Research and Studies, Ambassador Dr Chijioke Wigwe and the Director of Finance and Accounts, Brigadier General Olamide Ohunyeye.