The Commandant, National Defence College Nigeria, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade held Press Conference on the College forthcoming graduation ceremony and its Silver Jubilee Anniversary. He acquainted the Press with the line-up activities for the Graduation Ceremony of its Course 25 Participants and its Silver Jubilee Anniversary which he disclosed that has commenced with the Press Conference and to end with cutting of Anniversary Cake on Friday, 4th of August 2017.
The Commandant further disclosed that the series of activities marking the Silver Jubilee Celebrations and the Graduation Ceremony also included amongst others; Anniversary Lecture to be delivered by the former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, NDC Open Day, Golf Tournament, NDC Sport Fiesta, Silver Jubilee / Graduation Dinner and Award Night then Silver Jubilee Juma’at Prayer and Interdenominational Church Service to be conducted on separate occasions and venues.
He then traced the history of the College to 16th June 1992 and then asserted that since establishment the College has lived up to its expectation. He revealed that the College has so for trained 2001 Participants of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other Military Officers from Africa and elsewhere around the world.
Rear Admiral Alade informed the gathering that it became imperative for him as the 16th Commandant of the College to review some aspects of the College curriculum with the desire to make participation more attractive in line with changing international security dynamics. In addition, he also informed that the College also collaborated with other institution to make its fellows more adaptable even after retirement from service.
In his words, NDC Participants now have the option of taking the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) Master Degree in Academic Programmes or the University of Ibadan Professional Degree Programmes’’
The Commandant assured of his earnest desire to continue to promote the College as a Centre of Excellence for developing potential strategic leaders in Africa and globally. ’’Accordingly, we shall continue to take the issue of human and infrastructural development of the College in line with global best practice most seriously’’ he assured.
Rear Admiral Alade extended his special appreciation to Mr President and many others for their endless support and encouragement to the College. ‘’I thank them most sincerely for encouraging uncommon enabling atmosphere in the College for positive changes.
The Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has launched the Harmonized Standard Operating Procedures for Arrest, Detention and Prosecutions of Vessels and Persons in Nigeria’s Maritime Environment. The Ceremony took place at the College Auditorium of the National Defence College. The Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ekwe Ibas in his opening remarks said that some of the challenges hindering effective Maritime Governance in Nigeria include lack of common understanding and limited synergy among Maritime law Enforcement Agencies (MLEAs). In particular, handling of issues related to arrest, Detention and Prosecution of Vessels have been attended with unsavoury consequences detrimental to the corporate image of MLEAs and loss of revenue to the nation. These realities according to the CNS among others necessitated the articulation of the Harmonized Standard Operating Procedures.
In his remarks, the Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN said that Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE) remains an indispensable tool and process for emplacing Effective Governance in the National Maritime Space. According to him, it has become necessary to address attendant inadequacies hindering the effort of MLEAs.
Commandant, Rear Admiral SI Alade making a souvenir presentation to
Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu after his lecture
Similarly, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress and Elder statesman, Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has delivered a lecture to Participants of NDC Course 25 on the topic titled ‘Strategic Leadership'
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.