The National Defence College Steering Group held 2 days retreat. The aim of the retreat was to evaluate its curriculum and make it more responsive to meet up with the best global practice. The commandant of the College Rear Admiral MM Bashir in his remarks said the retreat was designed to take stock of the curriculum, most especially, to make it more responsive to current realities such as introduction of new courses. He added that the retreat was also expected to enhance bonding and understanding of issues facing the nation, as well as supporting the whole-of-societal approach to addressing the issues.
The commandant said the dynamic nature of the world had continued to affect many things around the globe such as the COVID-19. Others according to him include security challenges and resurgence of political instability in parts of the world. “We are also seeing the advent of artificial intelligence that has birthed sophisticated technologies which are becoming game changers in almost everything that we do.“This and so many other things would definitely dictate global events for some time to come. “We need to factor all these things into our curriculum to make it more responsive to current realities on ground,” he added.
The Deputy Commandant, NDC, Maj.-Gen. Emeka Onumajuru, said the retreat was organised to take stock and reset for optimal performance, saying that an organisation either transform, innovate or dies. Maj Gen Onumajuru said the retreat would undertake to approach the activities of the college in the context of its mission. He said that to this effect, it was important that the college curriculum and programmes be tweaked to reflect contemporary demands in knowledge and research to meet global best practices. “It is expected that this faculty retreat will assist in repositioning the college to better deliver its mandate to help educate this generation of strategic leaders,” he said. The Retreat is expected to come up with workable recommendations at the end.