By: Sunday Shekwonya
The new Commandant of the National Defence College, Rear Admiral Olumuyiwa Morakinyo Olotu, has disclosed that the College has trained a total of 2,645 participants from the Nigerian Army, the Navy, the Nigerian Airforce, the Nigerian Police Force, other Ministries, Departments and Agencies, as well allied participants from 30 African countries and other parts of the world.
The College also has participants from Bangladesh, France, Germany, India, Qatar and Pakistan.
The Commandant made this disclosure during a familiarization visit to the FCT Administration, Friday.
He expressed appreciation to the FCT Administration for its support to the College since its relocation to the Federal Capital Territory over the years.
Olotu stressed that the College couldn’t have achieved so much success without the assistance, cooperation and timely assistance rendered to it by the FCT Administration.
He further disclosed that the College, which is the highest military training institution within the sub-Saharan region of Africa, has been providing strategic level training to officers and senior officers of the Armed Forces, the Police, Paramilitary agencies, Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government, as well as foreign officers from allied nations.
According to the NDC Commandant, “I assumed leadership of the College on the 6th of July this year, barely three weeks ago and I deemed it necessary to pay homage to our host, the FCT Administration, so, that I will familiarize myself with the leadership, but most importantly to thank the FCTA for all the support rendered to the College over the years, since 1992 when the College moved from Lagos to Abuja.”
“It’s been a tremendous and very wonderful working relationship between the College and the FCTA and I dare state here that the College wouldn’t have been able to achieve anything without the assistance, cooperation and timely help rendered by this office. Thank you very much for all you’ve done for the college.”
The Commandant, however, appealed for further cooperation and support at its new permanent complex to ensure the safety and comfort of its students.
Responding, the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, commended the National Defence College for living up to expectation by contributing to knowledge and the development in Nigeria.
Adesola, said the College has garnered such a great goodwill that has made it a reference point where countries send their officers continuously engage in training activities.
He also pledged the cooperation of the FCTA in meeting the requests of the Defence College by channeling its demands and concerns as made known by the Commandant to the appropriate SDAs of the Administration.