The National Defence College Nigeria has received 139 Peace Support Operations books, reference materials, United Nations Handouts and folders from the wife of Late Major General Ishaya Isah Hassan. The donation was as a result of the will written by the Late Major General. The will directed the distribution of the aforementioned Peace Support Operations books to the National Defence College, on the demise of Major General Ishaya Hassan.
Late Major General Ishaya Hassan was the architect of the establishment of the departments of peacekeeping in the Armed Forces and the Nigeria Police. These departments were approved based on a position paper the Late General forwarded to the Ministry of Defence in 2003 when he was serving as a Defence Attaché in New York. The Late General was the Director of Peacekeeping (DPK) at the Army Headquarters, Chief of Staff African Standby Force at the Headquarters African Union Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. While serving in these offices, the Late General was able to collect these large volumes of works on Peace Support Operations and he wrote a will directing the donation to National Defence College Nigeria. It was the hope of the General while alive that these books, reference materials and United Nations handouts would serve to improve the wealth of knowledge of members of the Armed Forces and the generality of the populace. The presentation was done by Air Commodore RJ Peters and the son of the Late General to the National Defence College.
The Commandant, National Defence College, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo, while receiving the books on behalf of the College commended the decision of the Late General and stated that the will was one of its kinds in the history of the Nigerian Armed Forces. He therefore, advised military personnel to emulate the kind gesture of the Late General, so that knowledge gained by personnel while in Service will not get to extinction.
The National Defence College (NDC) in Collaboration with Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria held a roundtable on Nigeria and her neighbours. The Roundtable took place at the NDC Auditorium. The Roundtable attracted participants from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Vice President, Armed Forces, Nigeria Police, Defence Intelligence Agency and other agencies as well as relevant stakeholders on the subject matter.
The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama who was represented by Amb Ibrahim Rabiu while delivering the keynote address entitled, Nigeria’s Foreign Policy and her Immediate Neighbours, asserted that considering the current happenings in Nigeria, the Roundtable and its selected theme was apt. He disclosed that, Nigeria and her neighbours had since agreed on the fact that peace and security are fundamental for cordial co-existence between neighbouring countries. He added that there are many other border related security threats confronting Nigeria and neighbouring countries. These threats he mentioned include, smuggling, irregular migration, human trafficking and amongst others.
Similarly, Amb Oladapo Fafowora, the President Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria while giving his remarks reiterated that the choice of the topic and timing for the Roundtable could be adjudged appropriate considering the occurrences within the Nigerian immediate neighbouring countries and beyond that impinges on National Security and development of over dear nation. He emphasized, that the troubling situations in the Gulf of Guinea arising from the menace of piracy, increasing trans-border crimes such as smugglings of prohibited items including arms and ammunition is alarming. He concluded that all these menaces constitute challenge to Nigeria and should be addressed decisively.
The Commandant NDC, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo while making his remarks revealed that the main objective of the Roundtable was to review the trends and dynamics associated with Nigeria’s relation with her immediate neighbours with the views to suggesting credible foreign policy recommendations and proffer relevant policy options and strategies to guide Nigeria’s relations with her immediate neighbours.
The National Defence College Nigeria, organised a day seminar on “Science and Technology for National Security” for Course 27 participants at the College’s auditorium on Tuesday 13 November 2018. The seminar was a continuation of programmes lined up for the academic activities for Course 27 participants. Resource persons that featured in the seminar include, Professor Val Ekechukwu, Dean Faculty of Engineering University of Nigeria, Nsukka with a seminar paper titled, “Research and Development in the Armed Forces of Nigeria-Lesson from the Regional perspective “. He was the lead presenter. Air Vice Marshal Jomo Osahor, the Director General, Research and Development Bureau, Defence Headquarters and Professor Emmanuel Ezugwu, the Provost Air Force Institute of Technology , Nigerian Air Force were discussants.
Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo asserted that the seminar will give the participants an insight into the rudiment of research and development as it affects national security in Nigeria. Going through history lane, the Commandant maintained that human race has transited from one development to the other and that today’s generation has not seen destructions when compared to the happenings during the era of the 2 world wars as revealed in history. ‘’Where thousands of soldiers would be lost in a day”, he said.
Similarly, the Commandant confessed that in today’s generation cloning has the power to destroy almost everything the world is having as value, making everything become so minimal. In the mix of this, Rear Admiral Osinowo observed that the world is being confronted with various threats that are asymmetrical in nature, in form of terrorism and many others. However, he affirmed that with the application of research and development, the armed forces, regional and national governments are confronting these threats decisively.