The Federal Government has identified five key areas of priorities in its efforts to put back the nation’s economy on track. The Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo made this disclosure during a lecture to Participants of NDC Course 25. The Acting President said the areas include Fiscal Stimulus to spur private consumption and investment, Implementation of manufacturing measures to curb inflation, Improvement of the external balance by expenditure and statutory policies to expand exports and Diversification which he said is the major aspect of recovery plan. The Vice President also told the gathering that the FG recently established the Ease of Doing Business Council which he chaired to provide the enabling environment to do business safely in the country.
In his opening remarks, the Commandant National Defence College Rear Admiral Samuel Ilesanmi Alade thanked the Acting President for honouring the College’s Invitation to come and deliver lecture to NDC Participants. According to him only last week the Acting President was here in the College to launch the Harmonised Standard Operation Procedure for the Maritime Environment. The Commandant said that the College ever remains grateful to His Excellency for the gesture.
In his welcome remarks, the Honourable Minister of Defence Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali said that the lecture was coming at a period when Nigeria is witnessing a revolution in its socio-economic life which cuts across the Country’s Political, Defence as well as the economic spheres. The title of the lecture is the Economic Dimension of the National Security; The Nigerian Experience.
The Chief of Air Staff of Pakistani Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman has urged the Nigerian Armed Forces to accept what he called the 3Ds: Deterrence, Dialogue and Development in its bids to stamp out terrorism from the Country. He made this assertion during a Lecture delivered to NDC Course 25 Participants tagged PAKISTAN AIR FORCE ROLE IN THE WAR ON TERROR. The Air Chief observed that Terrorism requires a better understanding of air power to counter it.
The Lecture was aimed at equipping the Nigerian Military with knowledge on counter terrorism which will assist the College to build its base on the effective use of air power to enhance Counter Insurgency Operations in the Country.
The Commandant National Defence College Rear Admiral SI Alade in his remarks thanked the Pakistani Government for its frantic efforts to help rid the nation of terrorism, adding that its contribution has helped in degrading the capacity of Boko Haram Operation in Nigeria.
On Monday 23 of November 2015, the National Defence College (NDC) Abuja, received and hosted Vice Admiral Umio Otsuka, President of Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, Command and Staff College.
Admiral Otsuka who is on a two day visit to NDC delivered a lecture titled “Japan-Nigeria Relations: Implications for Security Management in Africa” to the participants of NDC Course 24. The lecture covered various issues in the Japanese national life and her multilateral relations to Africa, and to Nigeria in particular. These include Nigeria’s economic, industrial and military relations with Japan and also Japan’s contribution towards Africa. The lecture also covers Japanese world view on national security, global peace and stability.
The Commandant of NDC, Rear Admiral SI Alade, in his welcome remarks said the significance of Admiral Otsuka’s visit cannot be overemphasized, with the expectation that it will trigger a more robust and beneficial defence partnership between the two countries. He further stated that Admiral Otsuka’s lecture has added value to Course 24 and this he believed will lead to quality change in the mutual security interest between Nigeria and Japan.
Present at the lecture were representatives of the Chief of Defence Staff and the Service Chiefs.
Vice Admiral Umio Otsuka inspects the Quarter Guard on arrival at the College
Rear Admiral SI Alade (left) and Vice Admiral Umio Otsuka
Vice Admiral Umio Otsuka
Rear Admiral SI Alade presenting a mememto to Vice Admiral Umio