The National Defence College has concluded the Graduation Ceremony of Course 26 Participants on Friday 3 August 2018. A total of 136 participants graduated from the Apex Military Training Institution in Nigeria and Sub-Sahara region. Out of the 136 participants, 16 were from countries in Asia, Europe and part of Africa. These countries include Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’voire, Congo. Others are Ghana, Germany, India, Malawi, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Tanzania. A total of 10 Participants were equally from the Ministries Departments and Agencies. Additionally we had 4 participants from the Nigeria Police Force.
Gp Capt OB Odeyinde (Right) receiving the overall best prize
from the Secretary of the Federation, Mr Boss Mostapha
The graduation ceremony culminated to award and prizes for deserving participants. Group Captain OB Odeyinde got the Grand prize of the President and Commander-in-Chief and winner of the Commandant NDC Prize. This success, herald Group Captain OB Odeyinde the first overall in terms of merit, while Group Captain OO Oyesola was second in order of merit and Group Capt EP Efanga emerged the third in order of merit. Other awards include, winner of the Director General National Intelligence Agency Prize by Colonel Y Ali, winner of the Inspector General of Police prize by Colonel JO Attah, winner of Chief of the Air Staff Prize by Group Captain AO Kotun. Additionally, the winner of the Chief of Naval Staff Prize by Captain (NN) CD Okehie, winner of the Chief of Army Staff Prize by Colonel H Yanet, winner of the Chief of Defence Staff Ghana Armed Forces Prize by Col SY Asare and the Brazilian Government prize by Group Captain FCS Uwakara.
The National Defence College (NDC) Nigeria graduation ceremony for Course 26 Participants is billed from 27 July to 3 August 2018. As part of the graduation ceremony of NDC Course 26 Participants, the College will observe Juma’at prayer by 1300hrs on Friday 27 July 2018 at the NDC Mosque Abuja. On Saturday 28 July 2018 by 1500hrs, there would be a Sports Fiesta at the sports complex, Aguiyi Ironsi Cantonment Asokoro. Also, on Sunday 29 July 2018 by 1000hrs there will be an inter-denominational service at the PJP II Catholic Church Ushafa. On Wednesday 1 August 2018 by 1730hrs, there will be a graduation dinner and award night at the NDC Complex, while on Thursday 2 August 2018 by 1000hrs there will be a graduation lecture at the College Auditorium. The lecture will be delivered by the President of the Republic of the Gambia, His Excellency Adama Barow. The climax of the graduation ceremony is on Friday 3 August 2018. The Special Guest of Honour for the Graduation Ceremony is the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari GCFR.
The College since inception in 1992 has graduated a total of 2137 Participants as at August, 2017. A total of 137 Participants of NDC Course 26 will be graduating on Friday 3 August 2018 from the College, making a total of 2,213 graduates that will graduate from the Apex Military Training Institution in Nigeria and Sub-Sahara region.
The Participants of NDC Course 26 is comprised of 54 Nigerian Army, 26 Nigerian Navy, 26 Nigerian Air Force, 4 Nigeria Police officers. Others are 10 strategic institutions of Ministries, Departments and Agencies and 16 international Participants. The international participants cut across Asia, Europe and parts of Africa. These countries are Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’ Ivoire, Congo, Ghana, Germany. Others are India, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
In line with the desire to foster a faster, more responsive and more accountable Peacekeeping Operations as recommended in the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) and the UN Secretary General’s Implementation Reports. The National Defence College Nigeria has billed to hold a roundtable on Future of Peace Support Operations: Implications for Nigeria, at the Officers’ Mess on Thursday, 28 June 2018.
The Roundtable was conceptualized on the fact that peacekeeping since its inception has remained a viable conflict management tool. More so, the observation that the changing nature and dynamism of conflicts, have become more complex in the context of threats like terrorism, maritime insecurity, trans-national organized crimes and many others.
The Roundtable in anticipation requires participants to come up with measures and strategies that would improve Nigeria’s engagement in Peace-Keeping Support Operation. Some of the Papers to be presented by various stakeholders at the Roundtable include, Future of PSO: Implications for Nigeria, Nigeria and the Future of African Led PSO, Prospect of Civilian Participation in PSO, Partnership and Institutional Support for PSO and many others.