The Honourable Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd) says the Federal Government is committed to supporting the Armed Forces to develop the right set of skills and knowledge of personnel to be better prepared to tackle security threats that confront the country.
General Magashi made the remarks at the graduation ceremony of the Army War College Course 5/2021 in Abuja.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Musa Istifanus, Magashi commended the Commandant for the successful completion of the training for Course 5/2021.
He also congratulated all the 63 graduands who had gone through the 8 months curriculum in the College, passed through hard academic activities with commitment and perseverance.
He noted that the largest objectives of the College focused on national security, military strategy, and operational act towards enabling officers to be more effective in the complex terrain of the 21st-century security environment.
The Defence Minister urged Nigerians to commend troops’ loyalty, commitment and doggedness in the various theatres of operations.
He said, “A lot of progress have been made in the ongoing military operations in the North East, Nigeria is still faced with numerous threats such as armed banditry, vandalism, kidnapping, farmers/herders conflicts, cultism among others,” he noted.
In his remarks, the Commandant Army War College expressed delight that the gentlemen officers from friendly countries have in 35 weeks undergone professional military education to prepare for responsibility and field of operational leadership.
Udounwa said, through lectures, exercises, Tours, seminars and symposiums among other activities, they have critically examined theories and strategies, transept and systems in the field of national security, inter-agency cooperation and collaboration leadership decision making and conflict analysis among others.
“They have also undertaken the in-depth analysis of contemporary security issues and apply critical thinking skills to profess solution to some of the security challenges facing our dear nation.
He further explained the essence of the course, as to prepare the graduands for operational level command and staff functions in single, joint service, extra-regional and civilian appointments.
About 63 officers of the armed forces and other security agencies from Nigeria, Liberia, Togo, Niger Republic, Republic of Congo and Chad have been conferred as Fellows of the Army War College.
Among them are 50 from Nigerian Army, 2 each from Nigerian Air Force, and Nigerian Navy respectively, while others are from para-military from various African countries
In his goodwill message, Commandant of the United States Army War College, David Will congratulated successful participants and urged them to use their wealth of knowledge acquired from the course to proffer solutions to national security in their respective countries.
Awards and Certificates were given to the graduands. Lt Col G Owojaiye won the Best College Paper, with the topic “Enhancing Nigerian Army Cyber Warfare Capability for Improved Operational Efficiency”, while, Lt Col CT Gboe won Best Allied, Lt Col AK Ali won the First Position of the College Award, Lt Col G Owojaiye won Second Position, while Col MI Lemu got the third position. CDIO AA Adeniyi from Unit Defence Intelligence College gets Best MDA.