The National Defence College Nigeria recently got a new commandant. He is Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo. The Commandant took over from Rear Admiral Samuel Alade who was the 15th commandant of the highest military institution in Nigeria and Sub-Sahara region. The new Commandant becomes the 16th commandant of the prestigious college.
The new Commandant, Rear Admiral AA Osinowo (Right) taking over Command of
the College from Rear Admiral SI Alade (left)
The incumbent commandant, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Adejimi Osinowo hails from Ogun State. He was commissioned into the Nigerian Navy as a Sub Lieutenant on 1 March 1984 as a member of Regular Combatant Course 1, Nigerian Naval College Onne,Port Hacourt. The Admiral has attended several courses, home and abroad. Some of these courses include; Specialist Communication Course, International Joint Operation Planning Course, Principal Warfare Course, Port Management Course and National Defence College. Some of the civil qualifications obtained by the Admiral include, Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, with a first class, from the Obafemi Awolowo University IIe Ife, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Lagos, Master in International Affairs and Diplomacy, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Admiral Osinowo also holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in International Relations from the Commonwealth University.
In the course of his sojourn in the Nigerian Navy he has held several appointments, but the 2 last appointments he held before being appointed as the 16th commandant of the National Defence College are Flag Officer Commanding Naval Training Command, Lagos and Chief of Training and operations, Naval Headquarters. He has the following decorations in his honour, Grand Service Star (GSS),pass staff course dagger ( psc+) ,fellow of the defence college dagger (fdc+),Bachelor of Science (BSc), Master of Science (MSc), Master in International Affairs and Diplomacy (MIAD) , Member Nigerian Society of Engineers (MNSE) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D).He served as Deputy Commander African Partnership Station onboard the United States Warship USS GUNTON HALL, where he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the former President, United States of America, Barrak Obama in 2011.
The Admiral has triumph as a member of African Union Commission Expert Team 2010-2013 on Development of Africa’s Integrated Maritime 2050. He was also a member of expert team on development of ECOWAS Integrated Maritme Strategy and Establishment of ECOWAS Zone Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre in Benin Republic. He is married to Mrs Anthonia Chinenye Osinowo and the marriage is blessed with children. His hobbies include, reading,writing and travelling.
The Chief of the Army Staff of Mali, Colonel-Major Abdulrahman Baby has sought for the support of the Armed Forces of Nigeria on the issue of education and further Military Training of the Malian military. Colonel-Major Baby sought for the support when he paid a Courtesy Call on the Commandant National Defence College Nigeria, Rear Admiral SI Alade while on official visit to Nigeria.
According to him, ‘the very objective of our visit here to Nigeria is to explore your service in education and further training of our personnel. I have the opportunity of meeting with my counterpart, General Buratai, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, and we had some very good discussion which we intend to pursue till something positive comes out of it,’’ he said.
Colonel-Major Baby then disclosed that he deemed it fit, together with members of his entourage to visit the College, which he described as an epitome of Military Institution that is doing great things in Africa. He also disclosed that Mali have the privilege of also training some of its Officers in Nigeria, which he affirmed are doing a fantastic job over there in Mali. He therefore expressed his appreciation for the good work that is being done at the College.
The Malian Chief of Army Staff observed the complexity of the Security Challenges bedevilling the West African sub-region, and stated that the dynamics required a thorough, sound and definite understanding of the environment. In this regard, Colonel-Major Baby then declared that it became necessary for National Defence College Nigeria to continue to expose its Participants to those very important issues so that they can later be prepared to appropriately handle security challenges ravaging the West African sub-region and other parts of Africa. He said, ‘’we acknowledged the effort you are putting in place and the courage in pursuing your objectives. Thank you very much,’’ he added.
In his remarks, the Commandant, National Defence College, Rear Admiral SI Alade reiterated the readiness of the College to support Mali in any way possible as far as training of its personnel is concerned. He recalled that while the College was in Mali for its maiden Regional Study Tour, he had the privilege of discussing on the subject matter with the Malian Authority, and he confirmed that the President also mentioned the issue of exchange in training alongside Military Traditions. ‘’ That message, I brought home and was very clearly stated in my report that with Mali in particular, there should be closer collaboration,’’ He said.
Moreover the Commandant viewed that it would be good for the two nations if the aspect of further collaboration in Military Training gets fully operationalized. In addition, he revealed that both himself and the Malian President also observed the need for the sub-region to find solution to its issue of language barrier by probably adopting a particular language for official communications. ‘’I want to seize this opportunity to thank the people and the government of Mali for hosting us the last time we were there, and I can assure you all that the objective behind the visit was well realised’’, Rear Admiral Alade stated.
In line with the routine in Military postings and appointments, the Nigerian Air Force has approved the appointment of Air vice Marshal Ndana Kudu as the new College Secretary of National Defence College Nigeria. The new College Secretary took over from Air Commodore Babatunde Adekoya who proceeded on retirement after 35 years of meritorious service to his fatherland.
While giving his remarks after taking over as the new College Secretary, Air Vice Marshal Ndana Kudu expressed his delight to be at the College in that capacity. He revealed that from the interaction he had with those present at the Handing Over Ceremony, he was convinced of the possibility of team work.
Air Vice Marshal Ndana Kudu (left) and Air Commodore Babatunde Adekoya (right)
during the handing and Taking Over Ceremony
He explained that with team work the failure of one is the failure of all. In view of this, he reiterated the need for all to further build spirit of team work in all endeavours. As he solicited for higher level of cooperation, he then observed the need for all to be straight forward in observing any wrong act in each other and also work together.
Giving his remarks earlier on, Air Commodore Adekoya reiterated the fact that posting is a routine within the Armed Forces. He observed that in spite of posting being a routine in the service, that coming in and going out is always a process of life. However he disclosed that the new College Secretary is an individual that he knew in many capacities and that he is good. “I have known Air Vice Marshal Kudu for a long period of time and I can attest to the fact that this office will be in a very good hand”, the outgoing College Secretary asserted.
As he tendered his appreciation to the College Directors for the assistance they rendered to him in his capacity as the College Secretary. He then appealed to them to render same assistance to the new College Secretary.