The United States African Command (AFRICOM) has sought for more Collaborative efforts in terms of Training and Security between the U.S and Nigeria. The Commander AFRICOM General Thomas Waldhauser made this declaration while delivering a lecture for Course 25 Participants at The National Defence College, Abuja. The Commander re-iterated the U.S Government’s determination to continue to partner with Nigeria in the areas of Defence and National Security. Highlighting the vision of AFRICOM, the Commander said, “We intend to build Defence capacity and promote Regional Security through Strategic Leadership Training with the Nigerian Military”, adding that this effort will further strengthen the ties between both Countries in particular and Africa in general.
The objective of the lecture was primarily to strengthen and deepen Defence capabilities between both Countries, improvement in the Information Sharing, Training, Deterring and Defeating Transnational Threats and Increasing the Partnership with AFRICOM to respond to Crisis situations in the African region. He further hinted on the best practices expected from Senior Military Personnel for Strategic Leadership adding that Officers must learn to trust their Subordinates, be more transparent and Innovative, and must strive to decentralize decision-making for the effective discharge of their duties. He said Officers must be broad and more in-depth in their thinking, and must exercise high level of physical and mental toughness on and off duty.
In his remarks, the Commandant, National Defence College, Rear Admiral Sanmi Alade thanked the Commander, AFRICOM for the visit and called for more collaboration between the College and the International Community.
The Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has launched the Harmonized Standard Operating Procedures for Arrest, Detention and Prosecutions of Vessels and Persons in Nigeria’s Maritime Environment. The Ceremony took place at the College Auditorium of the National Defence College. The Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ekwe Ibas in his opening remarks said that some of the challenges hindering effective Maritime Governance in Nigeria include lack of common understanding and limited synergy among Maritime law Enforcement Agencies (MLEAs). In particular, handling of issues related to arrest, Detention and Prosecution of Vessels have been attended with unsavoury consequences detrimental to the corporate image of MLEAs and loss of revenue to the nation. These realities according to the CNS among others necessitated the articulation of the Harmonized Standard Operating Procedures.
In his remarks, the Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN said that Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE) remains an indispensable tool and process for emplacing Effective Governance in the National Maritime Space. According to him, it has become necessary to address attendant inadequacies hindering the effort of MLEAs.
Commandant, Rear Admiral SI Alade making a souvenir presentation to
Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu after his lecture
Similarly, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress and Elder statesman, Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has delivered a lecture to Participants of NDC Course 25 on the topic titled ‘Strategic Leadership'
The Federal Government has identified five key areas of priorities in its efforts to put back the nation’s economy on track. The Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo made this disclosure during a lecture to Participants of NDC Course 25. The Acting President said the areas include Fiscal Stimulus to spur private consumption and investment, Implementation of manufacturing measures to curb inflation, Improvement of the external balance by expenditure and statutory policies to expand exports and Diversification which he said is the major aspect of recovery plan. The Vice President also told the gathering that the FG recently established the Ease of Doing Business Council which he chaired to provide the enabling environment to do business safely in the country.
In his opening remarks, the Commandant National Defence College Rear Admiral Samuel Ilesanmi Alade thanked the Acting President for honouring the College’s Invitation to come and deliver lecture to NDC Participants. According to him only last week the Acting President was here in the College to launch the Harmonised Standard Operation Procedure for the Maritime Environment. The Commandant said that the College ever remains grateful to His Excellency for the gesture.
In his welcome remarks, the Honourable Minister of Defence Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali said that the lecture was coming at a period when Nigeria is witnessing a revolution in its socio-economic life which cuts across the Country’s Political, Defence as well as the economic spheres. The title of the lecture is the Economic Dimension of the National Security; The Nigerian Experience.