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.
The Commandant, National Defence College Nigeria, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade held Press Conference on the College forthcoming graduation ceremony and its Silver Jubilee Anniversary. He acquainted the Press with the line-up activities for the Graduation Ceremony of its Course 25 Participants and its Silver Jubilee Anniversary which he disclosed that has commenced with the Press Conference and to end with cutting of Anniversary Cake on Friday, 4th of August 2017.
The Commandant further disclosed that the series of activities marking the Silver Jubilee Celebrations and the Graduation Ceremony also included amongst others; Anniversary Lecture to be delivered by the former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, NDC Open Day, Golf Tournament, NDC Sport Fiesta, Silver Jubilee / Graduation Dinner and Award Night then Silver Jubilee Juma’at Prayer and Interdenominational Church Service to be conducted on separate occasions and venues.
He then traced the history of the College to 16th June 1992 and then asserted that since establishment the College has lived up to its expectation. He revealed that the College has so for trained 2001 Participants of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other Military Officers from Africa and elsewhere around the world.
Rear Admiral Alade informed the gathering that it became imperative for him as the 16th Commandant of the College to review some aspects of the College curriculum with the desire to make participation more attractive in line with changing international security dynamics. In addition, he also informed that the College also collaborated with other institution to make its fellows more adaptable even after retirement from service.
In his words, NDC Participants now have the option of taking the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) Master Degree in Academic Programmes or the University of Ibadan Professional Degree Programmes’’
The Commandant assured of his earnest desire to continue to promote the College as a Centre of Excellence for developing potential strategic leaders in Africa and globally. ’’Accordingly, we shall continue to take the issue of human and infrastructural development of the College in line with global best practice most seriously’’ he assured.
Rear Admiral Alade extended his special appreciation to Mr President and many others for their endless support and encouragement to the College. ‘’I thank them most sincerely for encouraging uncommon enabling atmosphere in the College for positive changes.