The success story of the Nigerian unbroken democracy from 1999 till date has received admiration of the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of The Gambia, His Excellency Adama Barrow. The President lauded Nigerian unbroken democratic transition and called on the people of Africa and the Gambia to learn from the Nigerian democratic experience. He made the call recently at the State House of Gambia in Banjul when the Commandant National Defence College (NDC), Nigeria, Rear Admiral MM Kadiri paid him a courtesy call along with Participants of NDC Course 28.
The Commandant, Rear Admiral MM Kadiri presenting a souvenir to the President and the C-in-C
of the Gambian Armed Forces, His Excellency Adama Barrow during the courtesy call of
the President at the State House, Banul - Gambia
According to the President, ”Africa should learn from Nigeria and The Gambia should learn from Nigeria’s success in transitioning from military rule to democracy. Nigeria has succeeded in building a great democracy through building strong institutions and depoliticising the military.” He further noted that the diversity of the Corps of Participants in NDC reflects a steady approach to integration of the continent.
The visit was part of activities of the Regional Study Tour of the College for Participants of Course 28 which was conducted successfully recently. The Tour had 107 Participants of the Course divided into 5 Teams to visit 5 African countries from 9-15 February 2020. The Tour is an integral part of Module 5 of the Course Curriculum (International Affairs and Regional Studies) of the College envisioned to promote functional understanding of the regional environment for security and development.
The Deputy Commandant, National Defence College, Major General AE Attu (left) presenting
a souvenir to the Chief of Defence Staff, Ghana Lt Gen Obed Akwa during the visit to the
CDS Ghana on the occassion of Regional Study Tour to Ghana
The specific objectives of the tour were to facilitate participants’ understanding of specific contemporary themes of security and development in various countries visited; Enable Participants to analyze the dynamics of geopolitical relationship especially as it relates to relations of the country visited with Nigeria; Enhanced Participants’ understanding of international politics and how it impacts on the nation visited; Broaden Participants’ appreciation of crucial issues of geopolitical, social and economic importance on the global scene and how these impact on Nigeria’s national security and development; Draw lessons for Nigeria security and development. The countries visited were Benin Republic, Senegal, Cote d’lvoire, Ghana and The Gambia.
Federal Government has reiterated Commitment to invest massively in human capital development.
This was disclosed by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, while delivering lecture to the participants of course 28 recently at the College in Abuja.
Professor Yemi Osibajo, Vice President Federal Republic of Nigeria
The lecture titled: Economic Dimension of National Security: The Nigerian Experience, was part of Module 6 programme of the College tagged Policy Strategy, Statecraft and National Security.
During the lecture, the Vice President informed the audience that there was government effort to boost local Innovation, as well as productivity and the emergence of an entrepreneurial revolution in the country.
Commandant, Rear Admiral MM Kadiri Welcomes Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibajo
He added that, the government is also committed to developing high value skills, such as in ICT, Healthcare and other professional services.
Commandant making a presentation to the Vice President
The Commandant, National Defence College, Nigeria, (NDC), Rear Admiral Mackson Kadiri has commended participants of NDC Course 28 on the occasion of the Course International Food and Artefacts Fair, held at the College premises in Abuja recently.
The Fair was part of the programme marking the end of Module 4, week 15 Programme of the College, tag Country Brief, in which 18 participating countries of the course carried out a brief about their countries.
Rear Admiral Kadiri, while declaring open the Fair at the College Officers’ Mess, enjoined the participants and invited guests to see the Fair as a form of cultural exchange. He inspected all stands and expressed admiration over participating countries’ effort to put such stands together during their course period.
The International Food and Artefact Fair was put together by participants from 18 countries comprising Nigeria, Niger, Republic of Benin, Mali, Gambia, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Tanzanian, Nepal, Brazil, India, and Bangladesh.
Brazilian participant presenting books to the Commandant,
Rear Admiral MM Kadiri while the Deputy Commandant, Maj Gen AE Attu looks on
Republic of Benin Participant introducing her country dishes to Commandant’s team
The event was witnessed by some Ambassadors and High Commissioners of the participating countries and other guests from the College Community. The International Food and Artefact Fair is an annual event of the College that usually add colour and fun to the College academic programme. This year’s event paraded Intercontinental dishes, artifact, and books from the various participating countries.
Commandant appreciating one of the Indian artifacts during the Fair
Tanzanian participant briefing the Commandant