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.
The Honorable Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahamah Dambazau (rtd) has called for enhanced cordial relationship between all security operatives and their host communities as well as the public. He made this call while delivering a lecture to course 26 participants of National Defence College Nigeria entitled; Internal Security Architecture and National Security: Strategic Options to meet Emerging Challenges.
While delivering the lecture, General Dambazau explained that it is only when security agencies and the public maintain cordial relationship that the security operatives would be able to carry out their assigned responsibilities successfully as well as source any desired information from them for official use. “The relationship between the Police and the general public has to be positively enhanced because of the constant interface,” he said.
THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF INTERIOR LT GEN(RTD) ABDULRAHMAN BELLO DAMBAZAU
ON ARRIVAL TO NDC TO DELIVER LECTURE TO PARTICIPANTS OF NDC COURSE 26
On the existing relationship among security operatives in the country, the Honorable Minister observed that creating cooperation between operatives is one of the major responsibilities of the office of the National Security adviser. In addition, he observed the need for relationship of mutual respects among the security operatives plus other Services. ‘’ This he said, will go a long way in stopping the occasional rivalry between some of the security agencies’’, he asserted.
However, Lieutenant General Dambazau buttressed that the best way to ensure amicable resolution of conflict in our societies is through provision of good governance and eradication of poverty. He then opined that good governance can only be realized through accountability, transparency and the adherence of the rule of law by all actors. “This is exactly what the present government is trying to ensure in all aspects”, he reiterated.
L-R: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF INTERIOR
LT GEN (RTD) ABDULRAHMAN BELLO DAMBAZAU DURING HIS VISIT TO NDC
The Honourable Minister revealed that there is a distinction between winning the war and winning the peace. He emphasized that it was in this regard that the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Interior were working closely to ensure that the relevant security outfits take over a particular situation from the military in the North East to enable them move on with the operations as supposed. “I don’t see the reason why the military should be made to be guarding Internally Displaced Persons’ Camps, which is supposed to be the police responsibility”, he stated.
The Minister said that one of the possible strategic options to meet security challenges in Nigeria is security sector reform that would involve a total overhaul of the entire security sector. This he said could be achieved when security sector is held accountable and transparent in their respective dealings. He added that ‘’ we need a security sector that exhibits high professionalism; adequate training, well equipped and highest standard of welfare for its personnel’’. He further said that, we need a security sector that is well coordinated, that is not only amiable to collaboration and cooperation among the various agencies within, but also has the capacity to reach out to the public by way of strategic communication.
The National Defence College Nigeria and the College of International Security Affairs – National Defence University Washington is holding a bilateral training workshop for strategic level training on counter terrorism and irregular threats from 30 April to 4 May 2018. The Inauguration Ceremony took place at the Abacha Hall, National Defence College on 30 April 2018. The workshop is geared towards training strategic level officers in Nigeria and some International countries in order to make meaningful contribution towards counter terrorism and irregular threats in the country.
The plenary was to cover fundamental of contemporary irregular warfare, root causes of irregular conflict as drivers of alienation and radicalization, counter terrorism/counter insurgency at the strategic level.
Other areas the plenary covered include transnational crime in the Sahel, Nigeria experience in counter terrorism/counter insurgency and organized crime and violent extremism in West Africa, the Nexus and Linkages. It is expected that at the end of the workshop, participants would be able to evaluate the strategic estimate template as a critical tool in dealing with current challenges, differentiate between terrorism as a method and terrorism as logic as well as to understand the implications for strategic response.
Also, participants are expected to evaluate the utility and limitations of counter insurgency doctrine and principle, conduct a strategic assessment of Operation Lafiya Dole and understand the nexus and linkages between transnational crimes and violent extremism in West Africa. Prior to the Inauguration Ceremony, the Vice President, College of International Security Affairs, National Defence University Washington, Ambassador Mike Hammar paid a courtesy call on the Commandant, National Defence College Nigeria, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo to discuss issues of interest to both institutions.
Ambassador Hammar asserted that in spite of the benefits of such a workshop, it would go a long way in strengthening the relationship between the Defence University and the College. Ambassador Hammar was accompanied by two senior staff of the University during the courtesy call. In his remarks, Rear Admiral Osinowo assured the visiting team of the readiness of the College to further corporate with the National Defence University in any relevant area of interest. He reiterated that the Workshop is a step towards strengthening the relationship between the two institutions.
He acquainted the visitors with the activities of the College and affirmed that the College is of International Standard and that it has participants from Asia, Europe and part of Africa.
The Commandant, National Defence College Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo used the opportunity to advise participants to make strategic level contributions during the workshop and come up with actionable communiqué during the workshop.