The Chief of South African Navy, Vice Admiral Samuel Hlongwane has called on African Maritime Nations to revive the Sea-Power for African Symposium which was initiated by the Chiefs of Navies of Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa at the International Sea Power Symposium held in 2003 at Rhodes Island, USA. He made the call recently when he paid an official visit to National Defence College Abuja. Admiral Hlongwane was in Nigeria on a working visit to further strengthen the cordial relationship between the 2 Navies.
According to him, the Symposium is a forum where African Maritime Nations gather to collaborate and cooperate to address the maritime challenges facing the continent. The maiden edition was hosted by South Africa in 2005 and was followed by Nigeria hosting the second symposium in 2006. South Africa for the second time hosted the third and last edition so far in 2009. He solicited the cooperation of Nigeria towards ensuring the revival of the symposium which he said will once again provide opportunities to re assess the challenges African countries face in the maritime domain. Furthermore, he lauded the discipline inculcated in Nigeria Naval Officers, describing it as very impressive. He stressed that his visit will no doubt further improve the already existing bi-lateral relationship between both countries, especially in the area of military cooperation.
A brief insight about the National Defence College since its inception in 1992 showed that a total number of 2, 124 participants have so far been trained by the College with the Army having 900 Officers, Navy 438, while the Nigerian Air force has had 376. Others are the Nigerian Police Force with 72, and 161 Participants from Ministries Departments and Agencies, whereas, a total number of 177 International Participants have so far been trained at the College.
While responding, the Commandant National Defence College Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo stated that the visit of the Chief of South African Navy, Vice Admiral Hlongwane is another important milestone in the history of the National Defence College and the 2 Countries at large. He noted that the present Course 26 has a total number of 136 Participants with 16 African and Non-African Participants, which he said is a very credible foreign policy commitment of the Nigerian government. He concluded by thanking the Chief of South African Navy on behalf of the College community for his visit to the College.
As part of the Curriculum of the National Defence College (NDC), the NDC Participants of Course 26 recently embarked on a Geo – Strategic Study Tour of 11 states of the country from 8-14 October 2017. The Tour of States by the participants was more of a fact finding mission on the menace of unemployment and its challenges on National Security. The theme of the tour is “Youth Empowerment and National Security: Issues and prospects”. Coincidentally, the theme of the NDC Geo-Strategic Tour was in tandem with the United Nations Security Council’s adaption on historic resolution on youth empowerment, peace and security, which in the first time in its history focuses entirely on the role of youths, men and women in peace building and countering violent extremism for youth development.
Similarly, the Senate, Civil Society Organisations and Ministries Departments and Agencies recently had a round table dialogue on the alarming rate of Youth Empowerment in the Country. This makes the choice of the NDC Strategic Tour theme germane for National Security.
Consequently, there was the need to step up advocacy on youths’ empowerment on the part of government, corporate bodies and well-meaning industrialist to devote more commitments on youths’ empowerment. The selected states for these year’s Geo - Strategic Tour include, Abia , Anambra, Benue, Enugu, Gombe, Kaduna and Kano States. Other States are Kogi, Nasarawa, Ondo and Rivers States. At the completion of the 7 days Geo – Strategic Study Tour of states participants are to arrive at a constructive and erudite solutions to issues and prospects of youth’s empowerment programmes in the country.
The Commandant National Defence College, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo has echoed that human resource management is a huge and very important responsibility that must be taken seriously at all levels of management cadre. He stated this recently when the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) North Central Zone paid him a courtesy call in Abuja. He lauded the activities of the Institute, describing it as a unique platform where managers come together to deliberate on stringent management challenges while arriving at possible solutions.
Admiral Osinowo assured the Institute of his continued support, stating that he will maintain and sustain the existing, cordial and healthy relationship between both Institutions. The Commandant briefed the Institute of the activities of the College since its inception, noting that the objective of both institutions is geared towards training at the management level, adding that the College trains at the Strategic Management Level.
Earlier in her remarks, the Chairman of the Institute for North Central Zone, Mrs Farida Bello thanked the Commandant for making out time out of his very tight schedule to receive them. She congratulated Admiral Osinowo on his appointment as the Commandant of the apex military training institution in Nigeria and West Africa at large. Mrs Bello applauded the commitment and distinctive leadership approach of the Commandant which she stated will further pilot the affairs of the College with zeal and excellence by promoting peace, harmony and economic growth for a better Nigeria.
She further solicited for cooperation which she noted Nigerian Institute of Management has been enjoying from the Commandant’s predecessors. Mrs Bello pledged Nigerian Institute of Management’s continued support to the present leadership of the College in any area that collaboration might be needed.
She concluded by calling on teaming Nigerian Institute of Management members in the National Defence College to henceforth participate actively in the Institute’s activities. The Chairman was accompanied by Dr Mrs Sally Adukwu-Bolujoko, Commodore Abimbola Ayuba (rtd), Prince Dr Emmanuel Jeminiwa, Mr Emmanuel Igboka Igbokidi. Others include; Alhaji Jimmy Abubakar, Mr Ijeoma Ohaeri, CP Chukwuma Kachy (rtd), Hajia Mrs Aisha Bello and Mr Ali San.