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.
The NDC will be organizing a one day Strategic Level Roundtable on Treaty Management in Nigeria on 13 February 2018 at the College Auditorium between 0800 and 1700 hours. This event is a response to the growing concern on the status of various treaties entered into on behalf of Nigeria, in terms of Ratification, Domestication and Implementation. The concern was informed by a preliminary investigation by the College Research Team and other media observations on lack of comprehensive record and effective management process of treaties in Nigeria. The roundtable is therefore, designed to aggregate views from relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on the status of extant treaties with a view to proffer credible policy options and responses to address the observed gaps. The specific objectives are
a. Harness Expert opinion and relevant details on all treaties entered on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria since independence in 1960
b. Ascertain the status of all the treaties entered on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria since 1960
c. Establish the roles of respective institutions of government including the MDAs with regards to entering, ratification, domestication, depository and implementation of relevant treaties entered on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria since 1960
d. Identify the treaties that require prompt and periodic reviews and recommend actions as necessary
e. Identify any other relevant measures to be adopted to enhance the Status of Treaties entered on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and their implementation by relevant institutions in Nigeria.
The Roundtable is expected to attract about 50 participants drawn from the rank of Directors as Institutional Representative at the Roundtable.
The Comptroller General (CG) Nigeria Immigration Service, CG Mohammed Babandede MFR, has said that irregular migration is a threat to national security. He made this remarks while delivering a lecture entitled “Challenges of Modern Migration Management: The role of Nigeria Immigration Service” at the National Defence College (NDC) Nigeria to course 26 participants. He emphasized that receiving countries of irregular migrants would experience criminality and threat to societal culture. The CG also explained the influx of irregular migrants to Libya was as a result of lack of central authority in Libya, where warlords use migrants as an alternative deal in place of oil.
The CG however reiterated, that countries that have consistent irregular migration should provide an enabling environment in terms of good governance, education, job opportunities, basic social amenities amongst others to citizenry. He also explained that migration itself is moving from ones abode to another with the intention to settle, but should be done following the conventional processes of migration.
The CG further explained that migration management is a concept that was developed to help countries maximize the benefits of migration while minimizing the inherent risks. He buttressed, that the result was to create a “triple win” for the originating country, the country of destination and the individual migrants. Additionally, he said the Nigeria Immigration Service is saddled with the responsibility of the management of migration in the country. He said the Immigration Service under his leadership has continued to ensure that no irregular migrant is allowed to remain in the country a day longer than necessary. He however maintained that the service would sustain boarder control in collaboration with security agencies.
Relatively, he asserted that the United Nations estimated that, by December 2017, there were 258 million people living in a country other than their country of birth, which was an increase of 49% since the year 2000. He also analyzed that recipient country of migrants in the developed economies faces perceived political, economic and social problems as a result of migrants.
The Commandant NDC, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo thanked the CG for making time amidst his tight official engagements to deliver the all-important lecture to the participants. He disclosed that the lecture would further broaden the horizon of the participants on the challenges of modern migration management: The role of the Nigeria Immigration Service.