Minister of Defence Inaugurates Course 28

The Honourable Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd), has inaugurated Course 28 participants of the National Defence College (NDC). The event was conducted at the NDC Auditorium in Abuja on Tuesday 17 September 2019. Speaking at the occasion, the Honourable Minister noted that the theme of the inauguration lecture, “Economic Diversification and National Development in Nigeria” was in line with one of the strategic objectives of the Federal Government in ensuring sustainable economic stability, growth and prosperity.


Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, Chairman, First Bank Nigeria





The Minister said that government had sought to expand the non-oil sectors such as science and technology, agriculture, industrialization and tourism. He added that the expansion of transportation infrastructure such as rail and facilitation of an enabling business environment with improved ‘Ease of Doing Business Index’ are all part of the overall processes of diversifying the economy.


The Minister thereafter express confidence in the guest lecturer and her capacity to speak on the theme of the lecture. He said, “I am therefore confident that the guest lecturer will do justice to the selected topic which falls within her area of expertise. “It is on this note that I congratulate the participants for their nomination for the course and the college for another milestone in its history. It is my pleasure and honour therefore, to formally inaugurate the National Defence College Course 28,”


The guest lecturer at the event Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, Chairman, First Bank Nigeria, while delivering the graduation Lecture, identified the need for a national education plan for youths of the country in order to positively engage the youths and also ensure economic diversification and development to tackle security challenges in the Country. Mrs Awosika said that the nation’s security challenges could be addressed through widespread development and deliberate structuring of economic opportunities which are abound in every state of the federation.


  Cross-section of Participants of NDC Course 28



She further explained that the increasing rural migration to a few urban cities would continue to pose security challenges if left unchecked. Mrs. Awosika added that providing distributed economic development around the country would minimize migration to cities and counter security challenges. According to her “If we don’t engage our teaming population made up of able bodied young people who are supposed to be our national assets, they would become a national problem. We need a lot of SMEs to be able to employ because the largest employers of labour are the SMEs even in developed countries like the U.S. “We need to deliberately encourage the creation of businesses through enterprise education. We need a more holistic and strategic plan for our population in terms of employment,”


She also advocated that reliance on oil should be de-emphasized and urged government to begin to look at other opportunities across the country. According to her, insecurity in the country is occasioned by the lack of job opportunities, adding that the role of security and development is key to peace and stability.



Earlier, the Commandant, NDC, Rear Adm. Mackson Kadiri, stated that the inauguration of NDC Course 28 was assumed that participants had all been found worthy and required to assume the enormous and inherent responsibilities, without objections.

He further explained that the participants would be guided by the core values of intellect, courage and patriotism to improve their knowledge skills, aptitudes and attitudes for strategic level military and non-military engagements in both national and international assignments. He added that the participants would be faced with a variety of conceptual, hypothetical, real and simulated strategic level challenges for which there were no template solutions. He said, “you will thus be required to engage in long study and deep thought to challenge your assumptions on a number of security, defence and related subjects. “Additionally, you will be required to interrogate national policies, strategies, operations, resource management and success criteria on a variety of related subjects. “In keeping with the multi-dimensional nature of security and defence, participants will be groomed in a number of security themes such as the state and socio-political environment, economy and finance. “They will also be groomed in science and technology, international and regional affairs, conflict and war studies, Peace Support Operations as well as national crisis management.

“These are geared to develop the art and science of statecraft and strategy for effective national security and defence management,”


Admiral Kadiri further mentioned that the course had been designed to acutely interrogate the wider implications for security from a particular element of national power. He said, participants will be required to study the aspirations, processes and programmes, challenges and prospects of economic diversification on national defence, security and development in due course.


The Commandant therefore urged the participants to show willingness, readiness and resilience to actively participate and benefit from the career changing experiences of the course. “Share your requisite experiences and improve your overall capacities for future professional engagements. “For the allied participants, I particularly enjoin you to make personal friendships and cultural exchanges and above all help to consolidate the existing relationships of our nations in furtherance of international peace and security,” he said.

Commandant Receives Delegation from...

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.

Commandant Calls for Positive...

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.