The National Defence College (NDC), in conjunction ECOWAS and Small Arms Survey, Geneva, is organizing a 3-day Training Course on “Weapons and Ammunition Management in Peace Support Operations”, from Tues 5 Nov – Thurs 7 Nov, 2019. This Regional Course is aimed at enhancing the evidence base for reform efforts and to help assess the efficacy of improved practices for weapons/ammunition management and collection in West Africa.
This Course, is in continuation of the institutional partnership between Small Arms Survey and the NDC, and in recognition of the NDC’s role as the ECOWAS Centre for Excellence in Strategic Peace Support Operations Training, Small Arms Survey, Geneva, has requested the NDC, through its Centre for Strategic Research and Studies (CSRS) to host this Course.
The request is predicated on the long-standing Institutional partnership between , Geneva and the NDC. In recent times, both Institutions have been working together to help promote and build a collaborative agenda, with the United Nations, regional organizations (like the ECOWAS), to reduce the diversion of arms and ammunition from peace operations. This is geared towards improving practices to manage both contingent-owned equipment as well as recovered materiel. Thus far, working together, both Institutions have been able to set out ideas for designing training modules for strengthening these practices. The Pilot Course will therefore seek to operationalize and test some of these modules.
In line with its academic programme, the National Defence College (NDC) Nigeria, has successfully conducted the 2019 National Study Tour for Participants of Course 28. The National Study Tour which is an important aspect of the Study Module 2 (The State and Scio-Political Environment) of National Defence College Course 28, was conducted from 14 to 19 October 2019. The Tour had the 106 Participants of the NDC Course 28 divided into 5 teams to visit 5 states across the Country. Amongst the states visited were Bauchi, Imo, Kaduna, Kwara and Zamfara State.
The Commandant presenting a souvenir to the representative of the
Imo State Governor during the Oral presentation by the Imo State Team
The Study Tour was to acquaint participants with the understanding of the socio-political environment of Nigeria as exemplified in the various lectures and the seminar conducted in Module 2 of NCD Course 28. The theme of the Study Tour was “Harnessing SMEs in the State as a Viable Option for Economic Development.” This gave the Participants an opportunity to generate and interrogate viable ideas for harnessing the various possibilities and potentials of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) for economic development of the states visited.
One of the participants from Imo Capt (NN) IG Ikonne presenting Kola to the
Commandant, as part of the culture of Imo State people
Each Team of the Study Tour was received by the Governor or his representative and other top officials of the State Government. Thereafter the Teams were conducted round the State with visits to SMEs located in the State. Lectures and briefs were also presented to the participants at the SMEs visited to aid their research work.
The National Study Tour week programme came to an end with oral and written presentations from the 5 teams at the College Premises. In the presentations, participants examined the conditions of SMEs and identified the effect/impact of SMEs on the economic development of states visited including the challenges militating against the promotion of SMEs and their potential to contribute to the Socio-economic development of the States visited. They also examined the efforts of the State Government in addressing the challenges and their prospects amongst others. The presentations were also graced by representatives of the Governors of the states who were present at the College to witness the presentation exercise and take back observations and recommendations raised by the participants during the presentations.
The representative of the Kaduna state Governor Inspecting the
Kaduna State Team stand during the presentation by the Team
Team 5 (Zamfara State Team) inspecting facilities at HAM Stores Integrated Services Ltd
The National Defence College Nigeria will be hosting the Planning Conferences for Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Command Post Exercise scheduled for December 2019. This was disclosed when a delegation from ECOWAS paid a courtesy visit to the Commandant NDC, Rear Admiral Mackson Kadiri in his office recently.
General Francis Benhanzin (left) and the Commandant, NDC Nigeria, Rear Admiral MM Kadiri
Speaking during the visit, the leader of the ECOWAS Delegation, General Francis Benhanzin, thanked the Commandant for the continued support of the College to ECOWAS through its College Centre of Strategic Research and Studies which was designated by ECOWAS as well as African Union as the Strategic Level Training Centre of Excellence. The Centre trains very senior military, police and civilian personnel for the ECOWAS Standby Force, as part of its contribution to the development of the African Standby Force and the African Peace and Security Architecture.
General Benhanzin noted that ECOWAS Commission will be organizing a Command Post Exercise (CPX) in collaboration with ECOWAS Training Centres of Excellence (TCE), Members States and Development Partners among others. As one of the TCEs, NDC is billed to host the Initial Planning Conference (IPC), Main Planning Conference (MPC), Final Planning Conference (FPC), Scenario Development Workshop, Strategic HQs Training (SHQ) and the Exercise Play. Also, the delegation requested NDC to consider the logistical, infrastructure and communications requirement that can be committed to host the CPX.
Responding, the Commandant Rear Admiral Kadiri, thanked the leader of team for the visit. He praised ECOWAS for the contributions made to resolve conflicts in the West Africa sub region. He added that the College will continue to support ECOWAS in any capacity within its reach to ensure the successful conduct CPX 2019.