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.
The Acting Chairman Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu said corruption is a global phenomenon with deep historical roots. It is as old as mankind and became visible when governmental institutions emerged in human society. He made this remarks during the lecture he delivered to participants of National Defence College Nigeria course 27. He reiterated that, corruption should not be regarded as peculiar to Nigeria. Its existence and various forms of manifestations is part of a worldwide trend. Nevertheless, corruption has been spreading like an epidemic in Nigeria in recent years and has produced far reaching negative social consequences. It is a dreadful crime that undermines democracy and the rule of law, distorts markets, deepens poverty, widens income inequality, erodes the quality of life of citizens and encourages organized crime and other vices, he added.
He emphasized during the lecture, that it has become necessary for us to fight corruption with the urgency and seriousness it deserves. The Chairman therefore lauded the National Defence College for the invitation to make the presentation on “Corruption and Anti-Corruption Strategies in Nigeria: The Way Forward”, as timely and important. He further emphasized that concerted effort towards fighting corruption by Federal Government of Nigeria began many years ago. The basis for such intervention was derived from two sources, viz, the existence of massive corruption in society and Section 16 (5) of the Nigerian Constitution which states that: “The State shall eradicate all corrupt practices and abuse of power.” Hence, it became a constitutional duty for Federal Government of Nigeria to spearhead the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
The EFCC Chairman added that a combination of several factors was responsible for the establishment of the EFCC in 2003. One factor was the long history of corruption in Nigeria that inflicted so much damage on our society, transforming the country into a haven of money laundering. The second was the need to curb massive corruption and lack of accountability in the private and public sectors. The third was the blacklisting of Nigeria, along with 22 other countries, as a Non-Cooperating Territory by the Financial Action Task Force, which threatened to shut down the inflow of direct foreign investment.
Similarly, the Commandant, National Defence College, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo said that corruption has continued to have negative impact on economic development, increases social inequality and aggravates political instability in nationhood and therefore advised participants of course 27 being trained as strategic leaders to take the crusade of anti-corruption seriously when they get to the field. He added that President Muhammadu Buhari has taken the challenge of corruption in a serious dimension. He concluded that, the President has demonstrated the political will by giving a free hand to the anti-corruption agencies to operate freely without restrictions.