The President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Mohammadu Buhari has commended the efforts of the Commandant, National Defence College and staff for remarkable achievements in upholding the universal values of Defence Colleges around the globe. The President made the commendation recently at the college in Abuja, during the Graduation Ceremony of Participants of Course 27.
President Buhari noted that defence colleges prepare participants for military strategic leadership focusing on national security, military strategy, theatre strategy, joint planning processes, inter- agency, inter-governmental and multi-national capabilities as well as integration. The President stated that he was very pleased that NDC has steadfastly kept faith with the universal values of defence colleges, noting that after 27 years the college has stayed true to its mandate of strategic training of senior officers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and Strategic Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as military officers from friendly nations.
Furthermore, the President noted the great deal of work by the management of the college to expand the infrastructural capability and facilities of the college, particularly in the permanent site at Piwoyi, to provide a conducive and amenable environment for teaching, learning and research. He added that this has been accompanied by efforts to involve a broad-based, but a curriculum that is fit-for-purpose. A curriculum that speaks to the requirements of essential knowledge, Skills and Aptitudes of millennium officers and the critical need for higher capabilities to face dynamic contemporary national and international security challenges. According to him, “these efforts are helping to sustain the status of the College as the foremost strategic military training institution and the flagship of military research in Nigeria”. He therefore, commended the Commandant and the staff for the remarkable achievements and added that Government will continue to support the College in its development strides, particularly the speedy completion of the permanent site.
The Graduation Ceremony was the high point of a week-long activities to mark the end of course 27. A total of 127 participants from the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Airforce, Nigeria Police Force, Strategic Institutions/ Ministries, Departments and Agencies and International participants graduated from the Course. Other activities of the Graduation Ceremony were the Graduation Lecture, delivered by the Sierra-Leone President, His Excellency, Mr Julius Maada Bio, the Graduation Dinner at the college premises and the National Defence College Officers’ Wives Association Seminar held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
The Commandant National Defence College(NDC), Rear Admiral Mackson Kadiri has received a delegation from the International School for Security Forces(EIForces) Cameroon, in his office today. The delegation which was led by the Director General EIForces, Cameroon, Brig Gen Andre Patrice Bitote was in NDC as part of their interactions with members of the “African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA)”. During the visit, the Director General commended NDC for its leading role in the training of Senior military officers in the country and beyond. He pledged to work closely and collaborate with the college in areas of interest between EIForces and NDC.
The Commandant National Defence College Rear Admiral Mackson Kadiri
presenting a souvenir toBrigadier General Andre Patrice Bitote,
Director General International School for Security Forces(EIForces) Cameroon
From Right to Left: Lt Col Njoja Moutapbemo, Maj Gen Peter Dauke, Deputy Commandant NDC, Brig Gen Andre Patrice Bitote, Director General International School for Security Forces (EIForces) Cameroon, Rear Admiral Mackson Kadiri, Commandant NDC, Mrs Oyono Cecile Deputy Director(EIForces), Col M Bamba, Defence Attaché, Cameroon High Commission and Ambassador (Dr) Chijioke Wigwe Provost, CSRC - NDC
Responding, Admiral Kadiri praised the team for the visit and promised to ensure that the interest of EIForces is protected in APSTA. He further pledged to collaborate with EIForces for mutual development of the two institutions. The delegation from EIForces was made up of the Director General of EIForces, Brig Gen Andre Patrice Bitote, Mrs Oyono Cecile Deputy Director(EIForces), Col M Bamba, Defence Attaché, Cameroon High Commission and Lt Col Njoja Moutapbemo.
The Commandant National Defence College Nigeria (NDC) Rear Admiral Mackson Makanju Kadiri has called for positive engagement of youths in positive activities and gainful employment as one of the steps towards addressing the issues of youth restiveness and social instability in the country. The commandant made the call when he addressed participants at a “Roundtable on Youths Restiveness and Social Instability in Nigeria: Role of Governance” organised by the Centre of Strategic Research and Studies, NDC in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria. The event which was held recently at the NDC Officers’ Mess had participants from the armed forces, paramilitary/ security agencies, MDAs and academic institutions in attendance.
Delivering the welcome remark at the event, Rear Admiral Mackson Kadiri, stated that “the inability of the youth to find meaningful life via honest means creates social imbalance that makes young people prone to some socio-economic vices such as electoral violence, kidnapping, armed robbery, internet fraud and so on” He added that there was a large youth population in the country that had not been optimal managed to effectively contribute to national security. Hence the cumulative effects of the situation had created national security challenges. However, he stated that the potentials of the nation’s youths could be put to good use with viable strategic options.
Commandant NDC Nigeria, Rear Admiral MM Kadiri
The special guest of honour at the event, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Olusade Olusola in his keynote address stated that good governance was a potent tool that could be used to address youth restiveness and social instability. Also, he added that good governance comprised good citizen’s participation in decision making by the government; accountability of government; transparency in governance; rule of law as well as efficiency and effectiveness of governance. Furthermore, he mentioned, that every government must strive to ensure openness, responsiveness and inclusiveness in order to boost citizen’s confidence in the government. He thereafter, urged the government to create conducive environment for youth engagement in profitable ventures in order to reduce the incidence of Youth restiveness and social instability.