The National Defence College (NDC) in Collaboration with Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria held a roundtable on Nigeria and her neighbours. The Roundtable took place at the NDC Auditorium. The Roundtable attracted participants from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Vice President, Armed Forces, Nigeria Police, Defence Intelligence Agency and other agencies as well as relevant stakeholders on the subject matter.
The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama who was represented by Amb Ibrahim Rabiu while delivering the keynote address entitled, Nigeria’s Foreign Policy and her Immediate Neighbours, asserted that considering the current happenings in Nigeria, the Roundtable and its selected theme was apt. He disclosed that, Nigeria and her neighbours had since agreed on the fact that peace and security are fundamental for cordial co-existence between neighbouring countries. He added that there are many other border related security threats confronting Nigeria and neighbouring countries. These threats he mentioned include, smuggling, irregular migration, human trafficking and amongst others.
Similarly, Amb Oladapo Fafowora, the President Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria while giving his remarks reiterated that the choice of the topic and timing for the Roundtable could be adjudged appropriate considering the occurrences within the Nigerian immediate neighbouring countries and beyond that impinges on National Security and development of over dear nation. He emphasized, that the troubling situations in the Gulf of Guinea arising from the menace of piracy, increasing trans-border crimes such as smugglings of prohibited items including arms and ammunition is alarming. He concluded that all these menaces constitute challenge to Nigeria and should be addressed decisively.
The Commandant NDC, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo while making his remarks revealed that the main objective of the Roundtable was to review the trends and dynamics associated with Nigeria’s relation with her immediate neighbours with the views to suggesting credible foreign policy recommendations and proffer relevant policy options and strategies to guide Nigeria’s relations with her immediate neighbours.
The National Defence College Nigeria, organised a day seminar on “Science and Technology for National Security” for Course 27 participants at the College’s auditorium on Tuesday 13 November 2018. The seminar was a continuation of programmes lined up for the academic activities for Course 27 participants. Resource persons that featured in the seminar include, Professor Val Ekechukwu, Dean Faculty of Engineering University of Nigeria, Nsukka with a seminar paper titled, “Research and Development in the Armed Forces of Nigeria-Lesson from the Regional perspective “. He was the lead presenter. Air Vice Marshal Jomo Osahor, the Director General, Research and Development Bureau, Defence Headquarters and Professor Emmanuel Ezugwu, the Provost Air Force Institute of Technology , Nigerian Air Force were discussants.
Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo asserted that the seminar will give the participants an insight into the rudiment of research and development as it affects national security in Nigeria. Going through history lane, the Commandant maintained that human race has transited from one development to the other and that today’s generation has not seen destructions when compared to the happenings during the era of the 2 world wars as revealed in history. ‘’Where thousands of soldiers would be lost in a day”, he said.
Similarly, the Commandant confessed that in today’s generation cloning has the power to destroy almost everything the world is having as value, making everything become so minimal. In the mix of this, Rear Admiral Osinowo observed that the world is being confronted with various threats that are asymmetrical in nature, in form of terrorism and many others. However, he affirmed that with the application of research and development, the armed forces, regional and national governments are confronting these threats decisively.
The National Defence College (NDC) will be hosting a Foreign Policy and National Security Roundtable on Nigeria and Her Immediate Neighbours scheduled for 27 November 2018. The Roundtable is designed to bring together stakeholders to review the trends and dynamics associated with Nigeria’s relations with her immediate neighbours with a view to suggesting credible foreign policy recommendations. About 80-100 participants and 8 Resource persons from various Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) will be attending the Roundtable.
The Roundtable will be conducted in plenaries with technical papers on the subject matter to be delivered by experts and stakeholders. There will be interactive session for each technical session to enable critical interactions. This will provide opportunities for various MDAs to make presentations relating to their mandate.