Saturday, 2 November 2019

Minister of Defence charges Naval War College graduands on national security

Training of Military Personnel

Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd) on Friday charged graduands of the Naval War College Nigeria on national security.

Magashi gave the charge in Calabar during the graduation ceremony of participants of Naval Warfare Course 3.

The Minister who was represented by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin, said operational level trainings such as the Naval Warfare Course was imperative as it enhances the fighting efficiency of the Armed Forces.

He said with the continuity and sustainability of this level of training coupled with ongoing refreshing of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, we will develop the required capacity to overcome the security challenges that confront the nation today and in the future.

"The Nigerian state has been beset with a myriad of security challenges that include insurgency, armed banditry, militancy, oil theft and sabotage of our critical oil and gas installations and others.

"This is the reason why operations level training such as this, with outcomes that speak directly to the plethora of challenges confronting Nigeria is imperative to enhancing the fighting efficiency of the Armed Forces.

"On the whole, I have no iota of doubt that you the graduands have emerged stronger and better equipped to face the challenges ahead.

"The nation expects you to be focused on your assigned duties and to justify the huge resources that were committed for your training.

"This can be achieved by employing the knowledge and competencies gained from the college in your future assignments", he said.

Similarly, the Commandant, Naval War College Nigeria, Rear Adm. Adeseye Ayobanjo in his remarks, said the core foundation of the institution was the development of a credible naval power in fulfilment of Nigerian Navy constitutional roles towards enhancing national prosperity and security.

Ayobanjo stressed that the Naval War College was established in May 2017 to develop senior naval leaders and equipment from other services as operation level commanders.

He said previously, the college had trained and graduated 29 officers of the armed forces of Nigeria, 18 of which were from the Naval Warfare Course 1 and 14 from the Naval Warfare Course 2.

He said that the present graduands that would be awarded the fellowship of the Naval War College Nigeria were 18 in number, 15 of which were officers of the Nigerian Navy from the rank of Commander, two from the Air Froce and one from the Nigerian Army.

"As a think tank of the Nigerian Navy, the Naval War College Nigeria has contributed six position papers on critical maritime and national security issues to the naval headquaters and the office of the National Security Adviser.

"They are now considered capable of undertaking higher professional level responsibility and making meaningful contributions towards addressing the nations security challenges.

Speaking at the event, Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River, who was represented by his deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu, thanked the Federal Government and the Nigerian Navy for deeming it fit to site the Naval War College in Cross River.

Ayade said in recent times, the Nigerian Navy has been undergoing rapid transformation in order to react to the security threats in the nation.