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.
With the desire to improve the capacity building effort of the Armed Forces of Nigeria through the pursuit of enviable academic Master and Doctorate degree programmes of the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies (IPSS), University of Ibadan. Recently, the National Defence College Nigeria under the auspice of the Commandant, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Ibadan.
THE SIGNED MoU BETWEEN NDC AND UI
Giving his remarks during the occasion which took place at the premises of University of Ibadan, the Commandant explained that the MoU was most important especially at this period when the issue of insecurity in the country was taking serious toll. He said the MoU would provide the much needed strategic manpower development and further upgrade the level of existing collaboration between the College and the University. He reiterated that this will provide platform for both serving and retired Generals to be availed with the opportunity to study up to doctorate degree and will also go a long way to enhance the consummation of the MoU.
Speaking on the reputation of the University, the Commandant described the University of Ibadan as a centre of excellence for strategic training for the Armed Forces, where Nigerian nationals and foreigners can obtain both Masters and Doctorate Degrees. In his words, “University of Ibadan is indeed suitable for this collaboration”.
PRIOR TO THE SIGNING OF MoU AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN
The Vice Chancellor of the University Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka while giving his remarks confirmed the assertion of the Commandant by declaring that the relationship between the College and the University was a veritable example of public partnership. He described the existing relationship between the two institutions as a real public partnership.
Professor Olayinka disclosed that the University was in recent time concentrating more on its postgraduate programmes. With the advent of more desire of the Doctorate degree programme they however reduced the total supposed number of undergraduate to be taken into the various available courses of the University from 8000 to 3500. However, he promised the members of the Armed Forces of the readiness of the University to do all things possible to support them as in relation to the area covered by the already signed MoU between the two Institutions.