Vanguard (Lagos)

6 January 2013

Nigeria: Army Trains for Security Challenges

At the moment when security challenges appear to have gone a step beyond the police and is currently facing the armed forces shoulder-to-shoulder, the Nigerian Army is not resting on its oars. It devises tactics and means, from time to time, to get at the route of the challenges bone-to-bone, intelligence-to-intelligence and logistics-to-logistics. That precisely is what the Nigerian Army College of Logistics, under the leadership of Major General A. A. Martins, who is the commandant, has braced up to do.

Just as year 2012 was riding to the end, the college turned out 18 students who had successfully undergone the year's Logistics Management Course 10/2012. They were in the ranks of lieutenant colonel and its equivalent in the navy, the police and civil service.

At the event, it was emphasized that what the college had done was to add to the logistics required by the armed forces in the country to nip all sorts of internal and external terrorism in the bud. This was to first upgrade the training impact in the officers and staff of the forces regarding Logistics Management Course 10/2012 and Logistics Staff Course 9/2012, which have so far been achieved.

The graduation ceremony was graced by eminent people from among the armed forces and the civil society including the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Security Matters, Major Tunde Panox (rtd); Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika represented by the Director, Nigerian Army Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, Major General Charles Maduegbunam; Oba of Lagos, His Majesty Oba Rilwan Akiolu I ably represented; Rear Admiral Joe Aikhomu, Head, Naval Standards and Evaluation Branch and many top military chiefs.

At the event, the Chief of Army Staff, Ihejirika, announced incentives with which the Army under his leadership was planning to uplift the standard and boost the morale of officers and staff of the force. He enumerated the many achievements of NACOL since its inception in 2002.

"The numerous achievements the college has garnered for herself with respect to trainings, seminars and various research inputs to Nigerian policy is highly commendable. I am personally very happy and satisfied with the progress being made in this college. I have been well briefed about the numerous problems confronting the college, and I assure you that your problems will be adequately addressed.

"It is my pleasure to," therefore, "inform you that the African Study Tour recently approved for the college will commence with the next Logistics Staff Course in 2013," Ihejirika said.

Commandant of the college, Martins, said in his welcome address, that continuous training of officers was an integral part of the force's professional life geared towards better understanding of roles of the officers and staff.

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