The National Defence College Nigeria, the highest Military Institution in Nigeria recently hosted a four star female Admiral at the College. The Admiral was at the College to deliver a lecture on Women, Peace and Security to Participants of NDC Course 26 and selected Senior Officers from the Armed Forces, Police, Ministries, Departments and Agencies. Admiral Michelle Howard is the first African American woman to command a ship in the United States Navy and also the first woman to be promoted to the amiable rank of a four star Admiral in the United States Navy.
Admiral Howard, the Commander Allied Joint Force Command Naples and Commander United States Forces Europe and Africa was received by the Commandant National Defence College, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo. While delivering her lecture, Admiral Howard spoke explicitly on gender mainstreaming within the Armed Forces in relation to various national and international conventions on military warfare and other issues and platforms contingent on the attainment of global peace and security.
The Commandant National Defence College, Rear Admiral Osinowo while making his remarks said the visit of Admiral Howard to the College and the choice of the lecture on Women, Peace and Security no doubt provided a unique opportunity for the audience to hear from a personality that has risen to the pinnacle of her career as an enviable four star Admiral in the United States Navy. The Commandant described the Admiral as a role model and one of the best personalities to speak on gender issues, as well as on mentorship to the women folk who hold on to a dream of fulfilling a career in the military and in other endeavours.
Commandant NDC Nigeria, Rear Admiral AA Osinowo making
a souvenir presentation to Admiral Michelle Howard
The Commandant further remarked that in “contemporary terms, we live in an era of mutatory and migratory threats to security both within and across national boundaries”. He further mentioned that one of the glaring consequences of the attendant conflicts to this trend of insecurity is that women and girls suffer the impact the most. He reiterated that women are also targets of other specific forms of violence and abuse including sexual violence and exploitation. Rear Admiral Osinowo concluded that in order to address the problem of violence against women, there is a compelling need to promote gender perspectives to conflict prevention and resolution, peace building, peace keeping, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts.
Holistically, the guest speaker said that over time, the United Nations has recognized the conditions of women in the scene as an indicator of whether or not they can achieve peace and stability, and that nations can only have to operate to understand the conditions of women on the ground and understand how nations can make life better for women and children in order to achieve peace and security. She was accompanied by the United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Stuart Symington alongside other high profile dignitaries.
Admiral Michelle Howard in a Group Photography with members of Faculty of NDC Nigeria
The National Defence College Nigeria has part of its orientation activities conducted the Participants of Course 26 on a familiarization tour of Abuja. The leader of the team was Commodore Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla. The places visited during the tour include the National Assembly, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, National Space Research and Development Agency. The Participants also visited the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory Headquarters.
The objective of the familiarization tour was to acquaint the Participants of Course 26 with their immediate environment in Abuja and also to expose Participants to likely places where research materials could be obtained while on the course.
A total of 137 Participants partook in the familiarization tour, 54 Participants from the Nigerian Army, 26 from the Nigerian Navy and 27 from the Nigerian Air Force. Others are 4 Participants from Nigeria Police Force, and one Participant each from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) Such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Department of State Service, Defence Intelligence Agency, National Intelligence Agency, Nigeria Customs, Federal Road Safety Corps and National Assembly. Meanwhile, National Assembly is participating for the very first time in the College.
International Participants from Bangladesh, Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Germany, Ghana, India, Madagascar, Malawi and Mali were also in attendance. Other International Participants that partook in the familiarization tour are Niger, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
Commodore EI Ogalla presenting a souvenir to the Clerk of the National Assembly
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 last 2 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 Multi-National 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.