“SECURITY OF JAJI MILITARY CANTONMENT, A COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY”- MAJ GEN KTJ MINIMAH
Commander Infantry Corps Maj Gen KTJ Minimah has urged the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji, to work hand in hand in order to combat security challenges facing the cantonment and the nation in general. He stated this during a courtesy visit to the Commandant AFCSC AVM Eko Effiom Osim.
According to him,“ Jaji Cantonment is the premier precinct in the Nigerian Army housing most of the post commissioned mandatory training institutions like: the AFCSC, Nigerian Army School of Infantry(NASI), Warrant Officers Academy(WOA) and Nigeria Army Peace Keeping Centre (NAPKC) and as such, these professional units should work together to achieve a common goal.
He said as career developing professional institutions that are all residence in one cantonment, it is their duty to make the security of the cantonment an all-encompassing responsibility. To this end, he called on all the various units Commanders to cement their differences and collectively work for the security of the cantonment.
However, he lamented the regrettable experience of last year November 25th 2012 bomb blast and stressed that all the various units in the cantonment must synergize, strategize and come up with positive ideas in order to prevent a reoccurrence.
The Commandant AFCSC in his response thanked him for the visit and stated that he shared the same vision, ideas and policies with the Commander Infantry Corps.
AVM Osim further stressed that actions were taken after the ugly incidence and that a committee with the Chief of Staff ICC as the chairman was set up to look into the situation. He said that youths resident in the nearby villages have been employed and are receiving the required government minimum wage to serve as cantonment cleaners. This he claimed will enhance the relationship between the college and the neighboring communities who are in a position to provide the college with useful information on security.
Also surveillance cameras will be mounted in all strategic areas as well as street light and efforts will be made in order to prevent the cameras from been vandalized.
The meeting also had in attendance Deputy Commandant AFCSC, Directors and other Senior Officers from the College and Infantry Corps and Centre.
NASI to Sustain Existing Training Support to AFCSC
The Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI) is to continue its training support to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC). The Commandant, Maj Gen TY Buratai stated this when he paid a courtesy call on the Commandant AFCSC in his office..Maj Gen Buratai who described his visit as homecoming having served in the College as Directing Staff and Director Department of Land Warfare, pledged continued support to the College in its training programmes. He called for synergy amongst units to safeguard lives and property in the light of the recent security challenges in the antonment. TheCommandant NASI advocated the installation of CCTV in strategic locations to enhance security in the Cantonment. He thanked the College for providing physical training facilities for the use of NASI staff and students.
In his response, the Commandant, AFCSC, AVM EE Osim welcome the NASI Commandant to the College and congratulated him on his well deserved appointment. He reiterates his readiness to cooperate with other heads of units to improve the security situation and promote mutual support in the areas of training and logistics.The Commandant AFCSC expressed optimism for a cordial working relationship with the new Commandant NASI and others as earlier efforts to provide CCTV was thwarted even when sufficient effort was made to commence the project. He emphasized the need for support and cooperation amongst the various heads of formations/units in the Cantonment for maximum security.
He told his visitor that the College has been involved in community development efforts as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility in areas of water supply, educational development and economic empowerment of youths.AVM Osim unfolds plans to engage 100 youths in his Youth Empowerment Programme to reduce vices associated with idleness. He said that the community leaders will be encouraged to help maintain security in Jaji community. According to him, the College will continue to sustain the monthly Ration Cash Allowance (RCA) and fueling of patrol vehicles to enhance security.
The event was attended by Administrative and Academic Directors in the College as well as Principal Staff Officers from NASI Headquarters.
Commandant Commended Staff Duties (SD) Students for Standard Discipline
The Commandant Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC)Jaji, Air Vice Mashall(AVM) E.E Osim has commended the graduates of Staff Duties(SD) Course for maintaining required standard of discipline during their course.AVM Osim who was the Special Guest of Honour at the graduation ceremony, thank the families and friends of the granduands, who have provided them with moral support necessary to withstand the short but challenging course in the College.
He congratulated the members of Course 106/2013 who graduated after 8 weeks of intense and rigorous training in preparation for higher responsibilities as Supervisors, Chief Clerks and Personal Assistant in their various services. He was pleased with them, for completing their training and hope that they would improve on what they have learnt.
He added that, ‘’there is no doubt that the SD course has provided them the opportunity to maintain and sustained a healthy development that will be beneficial not only to them but also to encourage greater service, harmony and solidarity.
The Guest of Honour urged them that as they depart to their various destination, they should remember the objective of their profession which is to protect the territorial integrity of our dear nation (Nigeria), therefore as they are conferred with the award of Staff Duties A1 course and presentation of certificate they should be better informed and responsible for their action. The College on its part will continue to take necessary measures to ensure speedy infrastructural development of the Staff Duties wing, including the adequate posting and welfare of the instructors and staff.
Some students based on their outstanding performance were given awards in which the Best Overall student was SGT Dakwal Alhamdu who is also the best Nigeria Airforce granduant Second Runner up CPL Tijjani Isah is the overall army graduant, while the third position goes to ABWTR Aloa Onayinka, the best Naval and female student.
He appreciates the effort of the Directors, Chief Instructor Department of Joint Studies and members of SD wing for their remarkable achievement.
INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND COMMERCE, USAGE AND CONTROL OF OCEAN RESOURCES ARE DETERMINANTS OF A NATION’S SEA POWER – CNS
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral DJ Ezeoba, represented by Rear Admiral AI Oyagha said that the elements of a Nation’s Sea Power are hinged on International Trade and Commerce, Usage and Control of Ocean resources and the Operation of Navies in war amongst others.
The CNS stated this in his Keynote address during a Symposium for Senior Course 35/2013 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) held at General Iheajirika Auditorium Jaji.
Citing Admiral Mahan (1660-1773) as an example, the CNS noted that Mahan and other strategic thinkers agreed that Maritime Economic Power as instrument of Diplomacy, Deterrence and Political Influence in time of peace, are relevant to any nation’s sea power. Consequently, any littoral state (Coastal) that wishes to secure its maritime frontiers must acquire sufficient sea power.
Admiral Ozeoba also highlighted that sea power subsequently evolves from a maritime strategy ‘appropriate to a state’s national objectives and that technological advances and contemporary global trends ‘has had notable influence on the application of sea power’. To this end, the CNS considered the symposium “a great initiative” as it provided a forum for scholarly discourse on strategy and sea power.
Consequently, the CNS who was the Special Guest Of Honour (SGOH) at the occasion described this year’s AFCSC Symposium which theme was “Evolving Effective Maritime Strategy for National Development” as particularly pertinent. He also expressed optimism given the caliber of highly experienced scholars and resource persons the college assembled at the occasion as discussants and moderators which he said would make valuable contribution to enrich the students’ papers.
Finally, the SGOH urged the students of Senior Course 35/13 to make good use of the unique opportunity, while welcoming the resource persons and other invited guests.
Earlier, the Commandant, AFCSC AVM EE Osim in his opening remarks at the occasion noted that the threat to the security of commerce and the strategic importance of the petroleum industry and its inherent vulnerability at sea cannot be ignored. He said this is because Nigeria relies essentially on crude oil for its economic survival.
The Commandant, who hosted the occasion, added that “any threat to the petroleum sector could be a direct blow to the heart of the country,” which he said could have a devastating effect on the nation’s economy and consequently affect national development. Such disruption of socio-economic activities in our maritime domain poses additional challenges to security agencies in maritime environment, he added.
AVM Osim therefore noted that the Nigerian Navy (NN) has a lead role in the drive to overcome these security challenges. Therefore, it must take a visionary look at the developments in the maritime sector with a view to ensure that the nation’s economy does not come to harm.
To this end, the Comdt said that the NN should evolve appropriate strategies to synergize the efforts of all stakeholders towards making our maritime environment safe. He said that it was in view of this that the symposium became invaluable and the theme as equally apt.
Finally, the Chief Host of the occasion urged the students to avail themselves with the unique opportunity and contribute positively in the decision making process of the NN in its quest to effectively carry out its statutory roles for national development.
The symposium was meant to gather ideas from the students as inputs to assist the military authority in policy formulations and find solutions to some emerging challenges facing the tri services.
Earlier, the students of Department of Land Warfare presented a paper titled ‘Environmental Challenges Facing the Nigerian Army in Internal Security Operations in the Twenty First Century”, while those of the Department of Air Warfare delivered their paper titled “Repositioning the Nigerian Air Force for Professionalism and Self Reliance”, during the 4 day symposiu
NAF to continue with the Federal Government Transformation Agenda – CAS
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal AS Badeh has promised to continue with the transformation agenda of the Federal Government to re-evaluate strategies it employs in fulfilling its assigned roles.
CAS who was represented by the Air Officer Commanding Training Command (AOC), Kaduna, Air Vice Marshal Isiaku Umar, said this during the opening ceremony of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Power Symposium 2013, Department of Air Warfare (DAW) at Ihejirika Auditorium Jaji. The CAS said the Theme: Repositioning the NAF for Professionalism and Self-reliance of the symposium is to afford the students the privilege to contribute to policy formulation, also to afford opportunity for the administrators to appraise the challenges confronting the NAF as well as strive to build an Airforce that the nation could be truly proud of.
Air Marshal Badeh, noted that many policies of NAF over the years, have been the products of students research efforts from tri-service institutions, especially AFCSC. He added that the theme of this year’s symposium for the DAW was apt and timely, adding that the department took cognizance of his vision for the NAF which is “To Transform the NAF into a self reliant and highly professional fighting force through the application of innovative technology in fulfillment of National Defence and Security Objectives”, stressing that in realization of his vision, the HQ NAF was meticulous in recommending the topics for this year’s College Symposium which is “Air Power and Counter Terrorism. The challenges of the NAF and Technology Transfer and Aircraft Maintenance in the NAF: Prospects and Challenges”.
The Commandant AFCSC, AVM EE Osim in his opening remarks earlier, expressed his profound gratitude to all the guests, especially those who came from outside the College. He explained that the symposium is an important event in the College Calender, organized for each Senior Course and provides a unique opportunity to the students to deliberate on service issues and propose ways forward for the services.
AVM Osim pointed out that repositioning a service like NAF will require combination of new concepts, capabilities and organization to take advantage of emerging opportunities to fulfill its constitutional roles. He also reminded the students that the College has puts in so much effort within the limited available resources for them to be well trained and prepare for future challenges. He hope that the objectives of the symposium would be achieved and worthwhile. He concluded with sincere appreciation to the moderators and discussants, who came from various services add more chores to the papers presented by the students.
Land Power Symposium ends with a call for Pragmatic Solutions
The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen AO Ihejirika has challenged students of Senior Course 35 (Department of Land Warfare), Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) to proffer realizable solutions to the environmental challenges militating against Internal Security operations in the Nigeria Army.
Gen Ihejirika made the call while declaring open the 2013 Land power Component of annual College Symposium held at Gen Ihejirika Auditorium, Infantry Corp Centre, Jaji.The COAS who was represented by the Commander Infantry Corp, Maj Gen KTJ Minimah urged students to treat topics slated for discussion from “diverse perspective and proffer achievable recommendations and realistic solutions to funding and other issues.The Special Guest of Honour implored students and resource persons to contribute freely in line with his vision of participatory posture in policy formulation as he awaits the report of the symposium with optimism.
He assured officers and men of the Nigerian Army (NA) of his commitment to their welfare as well as proving enabling environment for the discharge of their duties.Earlier in his welcome address, the Commandant AFCSC and host, AVM EE Osim said that the annual Power Symposium is envisioned to provide scholarly solutions to some of the challenges facing the services as “it facilitates contribution of critical and visionary minds of middle cadre officers to policy formulation in the Armed Forces”.
AVM Osim challenged students to justify resources and efforts committed in organizing the symposium by making robust contributions towards the development of the country through their various services.
The theme for this year’s Department of Land Warfare Power Symposium is “Environmental Challenges Facing the Nigerian Army in Internal Security Operations in the 21st Century”.
Participants at the event were unanimous that the NA should embrace comprehensive approach to operations including psychological operations, Civil Military Coordination as well as integration of component of fighting power in civil operations.
It was also the consensus of participants that over exposure of the military to civil population in the name of Internal Security operations has exposed it to unprecedented attacks and called on Army authorities to insist and enforce the extant law on exit time frame whenever the Army is called upon to perform civil duties.
A total of 4 topics derived from the theme were presented. They include: “Effects of Environment on NA operations: Case study of OP JUBILEE”. Effects of Environment on NA Operations: Case Study of OP PULO SHIELD”; Effects of Environment on NA Operations: Case Study of OP RESTORE ORDER” and “Effects of Environment on NA Operations: Case Study of OP SAFE HAVEN”.
The AFCSC annual Power Symposium is part of Senior Course curriculum designed to obtain views and opinion of middle cadre officers on contemporary security challenges. Contributions are collated as inputs for the formulation and modification of policies in the Armed Forces. The theme which emanates from the various Services HQs captures peculiar contemporary challenges facing the various services.
The event was attended by Commanders of Army Formations within and outside Kaduna including the representative of GOC 1 Div Kaduna, Brig Gen E Ejemai, Directors, Chief Instructors as well as Administrative and Directing Staff in the College.
AFCSC Inaugurates Junior Course 75/13
By ABJNL Musa
The Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji Nigeria has inaugurated members of Junior Course 75/13 at the Danjuma Hall, in the College.Delivering his inauguration address, Commandant AFCSC AVM Eko Effiom Osim, said that the inauguration ceremony marks a very important mile stone in their careers. “This foundation course is a determining benchmark for future prospects, progress and aspiration in this noble profession of arms” he added. The objective of the college is to develop the professional knowledge and understanding of selected officers of the Armed Forces and allied organizations responsibilities both in staff and Command appointments.
AVM Osim explained that the course is structured to develop the command, analytical and communication skills of officers, in single, joint and combined operations as well as concept of defence as a whole. He advised the students to be adaptive and hardworking and be ready to lay a solid foundation in their chosen career as the course will prepare them for the burden of leadership required of middle level officers. “You will therefore need to have a good sense of time management, punctuality, esprit-de-corps, self confidence and personal discipline to overcome the stress and strains that the course entail” he noted.
The Commandant stressed that the College will continue to do its best to provide a conducive environment for studies within the limits of available resources. “ I therefore implore you to make good use of the facilities provided while we continue to improve on them to make your stay a worthwhile” He also said that course participants will benefit from the newly renovated Isaac Alpha Hall for central lectures; as the college will continue to embark on infrastructural development and improvement to enhance the quality of training and to make their stay as comfortable as possible.
A total of 138 students drawn from the three services, comprising 65 Nigerian Army officers, 40 Nigerian Navy officers, and 26 Nigerian Airforce officers. Three Inter-national students from the Republics of Togo, Niger, Cameroon and Four non-military personnel from Defence Intelligence Agency, State Security Service, Nigerian Immigration Service are also participating in the course.
Comdt Charges Personnel on Good Conduct as he Inaugurates
(SD Course) 106/2013.
By Alice Adesoji.
Members of the Armed Forces have been enjoined to uphold discipline and good conduct as they embark on having higher responsibilities through training and retraining. The Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) AVM Eko Effiom Osim gave the charge during the inauguration of staff Duties (SD Course) 106/2013 which took place at Isaac Alfa Hall.
The Commandant said that the course marks an important milestone in their career as it serves as a benchmark for their progression in the service. He noted that out of many, few were chosen as most of their peers were not opportune to participate in the course. Also, he advised the students to have good sense of time management in order to be able to cope with the challenging nature of the course. He urged them to have “self discipline, esprit-de-corps, self confidence and discipline’’ to enable them withstand the stress and demand of the course. According to him, the college will continue to provide conducive environment during their stay within available resources and urged them to maximize the opportunity.
The SD course is an 8-week intensive course designed for Non –commissioned Officers in the Armed Forces to qualify them to take up appointments as Admin clerks, Personal Assistants and Supervisors. The mandate of the college is to develop the professional knowledge and understanding of selected Officers and Men of the Armed Forces in order to get them prepared for the task ahead.SD course 106/2013 is made up of 56 students comprising 25 Nigerian Army, 10 Nigerian Navy and 21 Nigerian Air force personnel in line with the tri-service nature of the college. The ceremony was attended by Maj. Gen NO Ojiji Director, DJS; Maj. Gen TY Gaya, Director Coord and Brig. Gen G Oyefesobi, Director Admin among others.
BAYELSA SET TO BREAK JINX OF MONOLITHIC ECONOMY
BY L J LAUYA ABDUL
The Bayelsa State Government is set to explore Agriculture and Tourism in order to diversify its economy. The Executive Governor, Hon Henry Seriake Dickson stated this when he received students of Senior Course (SC) 35 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) in Yenagoa who were in the state for Nigeria study tour.Hon Dickson who described oil as “wasted resources” called on Nigeria as a country to prepare for the day after oil by looking at other sectors of the economy. He said that the visit came at the time the state was evolving strategies to reduce over dependence on oil to avert monolithic economy.
Earlier in his remarks, the Deputy Commandant and leader of the team to Bayelsa state Rear Admiral Duke Osuofa said that the visit was to familiarize the students with the socio-economic and political issues in the state and to expose them to the realities of the Nigerian environment.
Rear Admiral Osuofa who lauded the developmental strides of the Governor said that copies of the report written by the students will be sent to the state for possible consideration. He also used the occasion to invite the State to attend the Nigeria study tour presentation later at the College.Governor Seriake Dickson assured the College that the state Government will attend the presentation and promised to implement the recommendations of the report. He appreciates the military for restoring peace in Yenagoa and described security as Sinequanon to any meaningful development. The Governor extolled virtues of the Nigerian Military and urged them to continue to support the democratic experience.
The theme for Bayelsa State is “Diversifying Nigeria’s Economy for National Development”. In order to achieve the objectives of the tour, the state Government organized lectures and visit to places of interest to provide information and data needed to enrich the students’ research. The team visited Brass Local Government Area and inspected some projects including LNG project, the abandoned Nembe- Brass-Yenegoa road started in 1973 and the popular Whiteman’s Grave. The Syndicate also saw the Oloibiri well where oil was first drilled in June 1956 in Ogbia Local Government Area.
In Yenagoa, the team inspected the New Governor’s office under construction; Deputy Governor’s Lodge; the Bayelsa State Multi-door House Court Complex and hundreds of Kilometer roads under construction. Other projects include: the 500- bed multi-million naira Hospital; Ijaw Heroes Memorial Park where Gen Azazi was buried; the 5-Star Hotel as well as Government Residential Quarters built through Public Private Partnership (PPP).As part of strategies to diversify the economy, Bayelsa state Government pursues an aggressive tax policy. The state also plans to establish Free Trade Zone and to open large hectares of land for mechanized cassava farming. To ensure transparency and Physical discipline, the state Governor gives month-by-month state briefing on how much allocation comes to the state and how it is expended.
The Governor also in line with his campaign slogan “Keme-to-Keme” translated as “one-to- one” or “one-on-one” has been operating open door policy where Government officials engage with well meaning Bayelsans daily on how to move the state forward .Nigeria study tour 2013 is made up of 9 syndicates. The themes for the nine states visited include: National Integration for improved National Security (Osun and FCT); Enhancing Food Security for Nigeria’s National Development (Delta, Imo and Kaduna); Youth Empowerment for improved National Development (Zamfara and Ebonyi) and Diversifying Nigeria’s Economy for National Development (Bayelsa and Ogun).
This year’s tour afforded students of SC 35 the opportunity to research into the extent of the effort by various states visited at improving and stabilizing their economies for national development. The visit focuses on strategies at tackling security challenges for socio-economic activities to thrive.The visit also afforded foreign students opportunity to know Nigeria and compare notes with their home countries. SC 35 is made up of 21 foreign students from 14 African countries including South Korea.
COMDT AFCSC RE-AFIRMS COMMITMENT TO PROMOTE INTER-RELIGIOUS HARMONY IN JAJI
The Comdt AFCSC AVM Eko Effiom Osim, has re-affirmed his commitment to continue to support various religious and traditional groups within and outside Jaji military cantonment. He stated this when he received members of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Jaji Zone and the District Head of Kerawa (Wusono) in his office.AVM Osim acknowledged the contribution of religious institutions to peace and development of the country and called on the leadership to keep up the good work adding that “both Islam and Christianity preach peace and morality among their adherents”
The Commandant said that the military will continue to collaborate with various stake holders to check the current insecurity in the country, saying that “the college is ready to assist various religious organizations within its limits without discrimination”.Earlier in his address, leader of the delegation, Rev Asaa Ashie said that the purpose of their visit is to condole with the Commandant and the College Community over the unfortunate bomb blast last year and to welcome the Commandant officially to the College.
He expressed appreciation to the College for its support over the years in providing basic amenities, like sinking of boreholes within its environs as part of its corporate social responsibility. “The College leadership has been indeed helpful and we appreciate the good gesture as we pray for the College prosperity”
In a related development the District Head of Kerawa Community (Wusono) also commiserated with the Commandant AFCSC and congratulated him on his appointment. Alhaji Salisu Abdullahi, who was accompanied by other village heads in the District, disclosed that the essence of the visit is to build on the established cordial relationship and mutual understanding between them and the College.
Responding, the Commandant said the College will continue to improve on the cooperation enjoyed from the community as well as advance the cooperate social responsibility in their community. “Water is a major problem in your community, steps shall be taken to stem the tide in due course” he said. He enjoined the various community groups to be law abiding. For the use of Barrack routes, it is only the two main Gates approved as part of measures to improve the security situation in the Cantonment.AVM Osim said that plans were underway to commence a Youth Empowerment Programme tailored to address youth unemployment in the area. The initiative, according to him is designed to engage about 100 youths as cantonment sanitation staff under the ‘Cantonment Sanitation Team’. The programme is aim at empowering the youths economically in order to stem social vices associated with youth unemployment. He thanked the various leaders and their entourage and described the visit as a timely one.
AFCSC Inaugurates Senior Course 35
The Commandant Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji Nigeria, AVM Ahmed Tijjani Mu’azu has inaugurated Senior Course 35/ in Danjuma Hall.Delivering his keynote address, Comdt AFCSC, said that the inauguration marks a great land mark in their careers. “This foundation Course is a determining standard for future prospects, progress and aspirations in this noble profession of arms”. He disclosed that the objective of the College is to develop the professional knowledge and understanding of selected officers of the Armed Forces, Paramilitary, International and Students from strategic organisations in order to prepare them for increasing responsibility in both staff and command appointments.
AVM Muázu reiterated that, the Course is structured to develop command, analytical and communication skills, as well as knowledge on single service, joint and combined operations of Defence concept. “You must be adaptive and hardworking and be ready to lay a solid foundation in your chosen career as this course will prepare you for middle level officers”. He urged the students to be mindful on time management, punctuality, espirit-de-corps, self – confidence and personal discipline to overcome stress and strains entails in the course.
The Comdt added that the College will continue to provide a conducive environment for teaching and learning within the limits of available resources. “I implore you to make good use of the facilities provided while we continue to improve on them so as make your stay worthwhile” he said.In a related development, AVM Olusegun Authong Ogundana (RTD), tasked the newly inaugurated students on professionalism. This was conveyed in a Lecture titled: Sustenance of Military professionalism; “Functions of the Officer” as the Guest Lecturer at the inauguration ceremony. He urged the students to remain focused and evolve a good sense of professionalism in an ever changing and challenging environment. “Training, experience and knowledge are bedrock of Military profession, which is needed for repositioning of Officers for future trends and demands” he stressed.
The Guest Lecturer explained that management of violence and Defence of the nation against internal and external threat remain the primary tasks of the Military profession, which should not be compromised. He advised officers not to engage in partisan politics so as to achieve the desired goals of constitutional provision. “Independent officer’s corps must be loyal to a single institution as embodying the authority of Nation” he emphasised. AVM Ogundana (rtd) identified expertise, responsibility and corporateness coupled with time management as panacea for the promotion of professionalism. He also said that sustenance of Military profession is attributed to knowledge and intelligence gathering for the organisation to thrive. In addition, he said, recent changes in world events demands technical, tactical and modern trends to sustain the Military organisation. “I employ you to be diligence and alert in the performance of Military operations” he advised.
The Comdt AFCSC thanked the Guest Lecturer who was also a former Commandant of the College, for honouring the invitation. AVM Mu’azu said that the tremendous achievement recorded during his administration still remain as legacy in the history of the College.
Commandant Hosts Winning Volley-Ball Teams.
The Commandant Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji, Nigeria, AVM Ahmed Tijani Mu’azu, has Commended the Jaji Volley Ball teams who represented the cantonment in just concluded Kaduna Open Championship. He gave the commendation at a ground reception organized for the 2 teams at College Headquarter. AVM Mu’azu expressed delight towards the wonderful performance and successes recorded by the teams during the tournament. The Comdt was highly impressed and excited with exhibition of great talents by the competitors during the event He tasked the players on consistent training and urged them to make maximize use of sporting facility available in the college to enhance their performance.
Earlier in his highlight of the event, the team leader, Commander Mohammed Adamu Muye, said that the team is made-up of twenty-four players and two-coaches from both the Female and Male Teams. He added that the Male Team emerged 1st in the competition, while the Female team came third position in the Inter - Club Volley – Ball Championship.The team-leader mentioned that as a result of the outstanding performance some of the players will be selected represent Kaduna state at the National-Sports Festival in Lagos later this year. Cdr Muye thanked the Comdt for his unflinching support for sporting activities in the college.
In the same vein the Director, Department of Air Warfare, Air Commodore GO Ekagbo congratulated the athletes for doing the College proud. He noted that physical training and sporting activities are part and parcel of the Military institution which serves as a panacea to a successful career in the Armed Forces, saying that “perseverance is a pre-requisite toward a successful competition.”
Highlights of the event included presentation of trophies to the Commandant by the team leader, on behalf of the teams. In attendance were the Deputy Commandant, academic and Administrative Directors in the College.
AFCSC Inaugurates Junior Course 74/12
By ABJNL Musa
The Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji Nigeria has inauguration members of Junior Course 74/12 at the Isaac Alpha Hall, in the College.
Delivering his inauguration address, Commandant AFCSC AVM Ahmed Tijjani Mu’azu. Said that the inauguration ceremony marks a very important mile stone in their careers. This foundation course is a determining benchmark for future prospects, progress and aspiration in this noble profession of arms’ he added. “The objective of the college is to develop the professional knowledge and understanding of selected officers of the Armed Forces and allied organizations responsibilities in order both in staff and Command appointments”
The Commandant explained that the course is structured to develop their command, analytical and communication skills, as well as knowledge of single service, joint and combined operations, and of the concept of defence as a whole. He advised the students to be adaptive and hardworking and be ready to lay a solid foundation in their chosen career as the course will prepare them for the burden of leadership required of middle level officers “you will therefore need to have a good sense of time management, punctuality, esprit-de-corps, self confidence and personal discipline to come the stress and strains that the course entail” he noted.
AVM Mu’azu stressed that the college will continue to do its best to provide a very conducive environment for studies within the limits of available resources. “ I therefore implore you to make good use of the facilities provided while he continue to improve on them so as to make them stay worthwhile” He also said that course participants will benefit from the newly renovated Isaac Alpha Hall for central lectures; as then college will continue to embark on infrastructural developments and improvements to enhance the quality of training and to make their stay as comportable as possible.
CNS Charges Graduating Officers of Junior Course 73/2012
Graduating students of Junior Course 73/12, Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji have been charged to brace to the internal security challenges facing the country. The Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral OS Ibrahim, represented by Rear Admiral GE Okoi, Flag Office Commanding Logistic Command gave the charge at a graduation ceremony held at Danjuma Hall. He urged the graduating officers to leverage on the counter-revolutionary and counter-terrorism packages of the college as they prepare to confront the menace of insurgency.Admiral Ibrahim said that with increasing spate of intra-state conflicts in the world, Nigeria will continue to support international peace efforts and called on the young officers to prepare to serve as contingents to Peace Support Operations.
He expressed optimism that having been found worthy in character and in learning; the officers will rise to the occasion as Grade 3 Staff Officers and Junior Commanders in the field. Earlier in his welcome address, the chief host and Commandant AFCSC, AVM AT Muazu expressed satisfaction that the college has laid a solid foundation for their career progression and urged the young officers to take their careers seriously. He used the occasion to thank the participating sister African countries for their continued patronage which gave the college an international acclaimed status.
The Junior Course is a 20 weeks programme designed to develop the professional knowledge and understanding of selected officers of the Armed Forces in order to prepare them for increasing responsibilities both in staff and command appointments. For JC 73/12, the journey began in January with a total of 151 students. However, 2 students were withdrawn on health ground. The total number that graduated comprises 62 Nigeria Army Officers, 39 Nigerian Navy Officers and 31 Nigeria Air Force Officers. The breakdown also indicate that there are a total of 8 international students from 6 sister African countries including Ghana (2), the Gambia (2) and one each from Cameroun, Benin, Liberia and Niger Republic. There are also 11 students from Nigerian Para military Agencies comprising 1 student each from National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and 2 each from Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), State Security Service (SSS), Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).
Highlight of the occasion include conferment of pass junior course (pjc) symbol on the graduands and presentation of awards to outstanding students. This year’s Award was in 13 categories. The Chief of Defence of Staff award which is presented to the Best All Round Student in Tri-Service Term went to Flt Lt IT Mato of the Nigerian Airforce. The Chief of Army Staff awards for the 1st and 2nd Best students in the Department of Land Warfare went to Capt MI Alkali and Capt FA Obiajulu respectively.
The Chief of the Naval Staff awards for the best 2 students in order of merit in the Department of Maritime Warfare went to Lt(NN) NU Obibi and Lt(NN) CE Omezurike respectively. Flt Lt Mato and Flt Lt KN Igwegbe received the Chief of the Air Staff award for the 1st and 2nd best graduating students in order of merit in the Department of Air Warfare respectively. The best International student awards in the Departments of Land, Maritime and Air Warfare went to Capt FO Gbodi (Liberia), Lt(GN) M Abubakar (Ghana) and Flt Lt SO Peprah (Ghana). The last category of presentation is the Commandant AFCSC awards to the best paramilitary and civilian students in the Departments of Land, Maritime and Air Warfare. Mr CO Edegwere (DIA), Mr KO Bisong (DSS) and Mr AA Ayodele (DIA) received the awards respectively.The graduation ceremony was well attended by senior military officers, traditional rulers, civilians as well as members of the Diplomatic Corp.
Commandant Charges Staff Duties Students on Hard-work
The Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Tijjani Mu’azu has charged students of Staff Duties (SD) Course 104/2012 to work hard and face the challenges that lied ahead in order to justify the confidence reposed in them.
The Commandant who said this at the inauguration ceremony of the SD Course 104/2012 added that the course is an eight-week long of hard-work, discipline, team work, punctuality and dedication. He therefore urged the students to make good use of the opportunity provided by the course to better their careers.
While advising the students to remain focused and determined throughout the course period, he enjoined them to strive hard in order to excel during the course. Adding that this course would go a long way to improve their performances respective formations and units.
The Commandant used the occasion to intimate the students of the importance the College attaches to academic excellence and integrity, saying the college has over the years lived up to expectations by training officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces and beyond. He therefore cautioned the students not to engage in any act of malpractice and other unlawful activities.According to him, the college has provided recreational and other facilities for staff and students, which he advised the students to make good use of during their stay in the college.
House Committee on Defence Visits AFC
The National Assembly has reiterated its determination to formulate and support laws that would enhance the welfare of the military personnel for optimal performance. The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Defence, Honourable Bashir Adamu Kazaure stated this during an oversight visit to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji. He shares the vision of the founding fathers and pledged the House readiness to assist the College to attain its full potentials. He commended the College leadership for judicious and transparent execution of 2011/2012 Capital Projects as approved the by the National Assembly.Honourable Kazaure said that the rising profile of the College made possible by International patronage, must be sustained and improved upon so as to attract more patronage. He used the occasion to implore the military to step up the training of its personnel on terrorism and counter insurgency in order to curb the menace of terrorism in the country.
Earlier in his address, the Commandant AFCSC, AVM AT Mu’azu thanked the Committee for their visit especially at the time the country is passing through internal security challenges. The Commandant used the occasion to appeal to the committee to intervene for more fund for perimeter fencing of the Jaji Military Cantonment in the face of the present insecurity in the country. He also called for increased funding in order to provide adequate staff accommodation in the College and improve water supply in the Cantonment. The Committee members were conducted round some projects executed by the College. Those projects are; supply and installation of printing equipment in Work Production Centre, Renovation and furnishing of Isaac Alfa Hall, Living and office accommodations, Syndicate Rooms, Medical Centre among others.
SECURITY AGENCIES TO TACKLE SECURITY CHALLENCES
Security Agencies across the nation were urged to work hand in hand to tackle the security challenges in the country. This was disclosed by the Commandant AFCSC, Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Tijani Mu’azu when he welcome the participants from 12 security agencies, paramilitary organizations, Ministries, Departments and Non-governmental organizations during the opening ceremony and the commencement of Exercise Haske Biyu 2012 at Danjuma Hall.
The Commandant stated that the main objective of the exercise is to enable the participants to practice and operate in a conflict-lender environment where they will operate as a combined quantity in tackling security challenges. He added that the exercise will further broaden their knowledge and understanding of military operations other than war with emphasis on insurgency operations.
According to AVM Muazu, the security agencies have been regularly engaged in various operations that require military and paramilitaries to carry out actions against a blend of Non-conventional, terrorist and criminal groups that employ asymmetric tactics in carrying out the violent activities. Therefore, the relevance of this exercise which engages all the security stakeholders, can never be over emphasized. He said also that the exercise will further access the inter- operability of the Nigerian Armed Forces, Nigeria Police Force and the paramilitary services during internal security operations, as well as appraise the role of media in counter-insurgency operations.AVM Muazu therefore urged all the stakeholders of the national security architecture to cooperate and collaborate for the development of sustainable crisis and conflict resolution and management mechanism. The exercise which will last for two weeks is therefore meant to forge a durable relationship among all the stakeholders
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director, Department of Joint Studies Brig Gen NO Ojiji welcomed all the participants for Exercise Haske Biyu 2012 to the College. He said the Exercise is designed to train middle level officers in the conduct of Internal Security duties that will expose them to the peculiarities and challenges associated with the conduct of operations in a low intensity conflict environment.Brig Gen Ojiji therefore urged the participants to take maximum advantage of the opportunity created by their nomination to attend the exercise by rubbing their minds and learn lessons in order to take back to their respective duty stations to enable them face the current challenges more effectively.
GOC 1 DIVISION SHOWERS APPRECIATION TO AFCSC
As part of his efforts at repositioning the 1 Division NA, the new General Officer Commanding (GOC), Major General Garba Abdulwahad has paid a courtesy visit to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji.Major General Wahab said he was at the AFCSC to thank the Commandant for the assistance they have been rendering to the Division in terms of empowering its personnel, especially Officers and men of the 4 Demo Battalion. He maintained that the good relationship that exists between the College and the Division will be maintained in order to enhance the activities of the two military formations. He used the medium to solicit for more support and mutual cooperation.
In his response, the commandant, AFCSC, Air vice Marshal Ahmed Tijjani Mu’azu expressed appreciation to the GOC for the efforts made by 4 Demo Battalion at ensuring adequate security in the Jaji Military Cantonment is maitained. The commandant added that 4 Demo Battalion personnel have been over stretched, and that there was the need for frantic efforts to be made towards easing the burden. He also commended the efforts of the Division at providing adequate security at checkpoints around Kaduna metropolis and environs, adding that there was a need for more efforts to make the checkpoints to be more effective by ensuring that soldiers at such places always wear their protective gadgets and remains alert.
Air Vice Marshal Mu’azu also urge the GOC to ensure Div personnel, especially the Senior Non-commissioned Officers remain disciplined so as to be able to handle their subordinates. According to him, it is only through discipline that the responsibility bestowed on the military to ensure security would be enhanced and improved. He added that the College is ready to render all kinds of possible assistance to the Division in order to enhance its operational readiness.
Maritime Stakeholders Urged to Collaborate to Sustain Gains of Post Amnesty
Stakeholders in the maritime Industry have been urged to collaborate in order to consolidate on the gains of the Post Amnesty Programme of the Federal Government. This was contained in a paper delivered by students of Junior Course 73/12, Department of Maritime Warfare (DMW), Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji. The students identified absence of maritime security strategy, lack of effective inter-agency communication network and lack of intelligence sharing among others as some of the challenges military against effective stakeholder collaboration in the industry. The students therefore advocated the development of a national strategy for maritime security, effective inter agency communication network as well as improved maritime awareness as way forward among others.
In a keynote address at the occasion, the Commandant, AFCSC, AVM AT Muazu represented by the Director, Coordination, Brig Gen TY Gaiya urged the students to consolidate on the gains of the 20 month course as they prepare to graduate. He said that as Naval officers, the students need to have broad understanding of the maritime milieu where they may be deployed as operations officers or commanders.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director, DMW, Commodore KB Ati-John reiterated the importance of the seminar to the students who are expected to be deployed to maritime environment as commanders as staff officers. He said that the seminar is the students’ modest contribution to the challenges of maritime security and collaboration in Nigeria’s maritime domain.
The theme of the seminar is “Sustaining the gains of the Post Amnesty era in Nigeria’s maritime domain: The need for improved collaborative efforts between the Nigerian Navy and other maritime stakeholders”. The seminar is climax of the Junior Course Curriculum designed to improve the students’ understanding of their respective services.The seminar was attended by Rear Admiral SA Olaleye (Rtd). The Director, Coordination, the Director, Maritime Warfare as well as Chief Instructors and Directing Staff of the Maritime Warfare Department.
HOW SPORTING ACTIVITIES MAKE AFCSC STUDENTS PHYSICALLY FIT
Unarguably, participation in extra-curricula activities like sports forms an integral part of learning in training institutions. Firstly, sports keep students physically fit to face the rigorous challenges of academic exercises and enhance the power of their intellect. It promotes social interaction among students and instills the spirit of sportsmanship. Participation in sports enhances the profile of college where the respective men and women come from, especially when they win laurels during competitions. It also provides avenue to showcase talents in various sporting endeavor and discover new talents.
Being a Military College, however, Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji uses sporting activities as one of the tools through which the students are made to be physically fit. That is why the college has the highly standard sports facilities within the cantonment.
Indeed, nowadays, many colleges consider sports as their extra-curricula activity. The AFCSC organizes Sports Week where the various departments select a team which comprises both staff and students in order to participate in competitions. One of the aims of the Sports Week is to promote mutual understanding among them.
Aside the college Sport Week, there is also inter-military competition where the various services like the Army games, the Navy games and the Air Force games take place. Each of these departments organize competition for their personnel.
However, there are various types of games in the AFCSC which include football, Handball, Volleyball, Basketball, Lawn Tennis, Squash, Golf, badminton among others. There is also Ibrahim Ogohi’s gym in which officers, men, students, corps members and barracks youth keep themselves fit.
In the area of youth involvement in sports, AFCSC also gives priority to youth development through sports in order to discover and showcase their talents in different sporting events. A handball player in the national team, Ms Ruth Jonah, said it was her training in AFCSC, Jaji that made her to be recognized and played in the National Under-17 team which participated in an Under-17 competition in Cameroon. According to her, she is currently expecting an invitation to represent the country in a competition billed to take place in Morocco or India.
In an interview with the acting Sports Officer of the college, Commander M A Muye, said the military itself is a function of fitness, and physical fitness makes an impact on the staff and students of the Armed Forces, that is why AFCSC takes it as one of the top priorities of its curricula.
Also speaking on the importance of physical training, the College Football Coach, Mr Michael Azoizo, said apart from training the players how to play good football, sports help in preventing the youth from contributing to nuisance or acts of indiscipline in the society. Although, majority of them are barracks youth, there are many players that are playing in the National teams of various sports.
He cried over the challenges his team face at the football pitch within the cantonment, saying that the pitch requires resurfacing and facing which will help the players during the training.
Following recent renovation of these facilities, most of the sporting equipment within the cantonment are in good shape. A close observation reveals that the volleyball, the basketball and lawn tennis courts which were recently renovated are of international standard.
An Insight Into the Staff Duties Course at AFCSC
Established on 29 May, 1976 as Army Command and Staff College, with assistance from the British Army Advisory Team (BAAT), the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji is a Joint Service institution whose main objective is to produce operational-level military officers of the highest professional standard as well as to ensure standardization of Staff Duties in the Nigerian Armed Forces. The college has grown in leaps and bounds for the 35 years of its existence to attain international status.
The college runs three major courses, which are the Senior, Junior and the Staff Duties Courses respectively. The Senior Course is basically for the rank of Major and its equivalent, while the Junior Course is designed for the rank of Captain and its equivalent in the Nigerian Navy and the Air Force.
However, the Staff Duties A1 (SD A1) Course is designed for the continuous training of Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) Clerks in the three services of the Armed Forces. It is the highest clerical course being run by AFCSC. The history of the Staff Duties course dates back to 1977 when it was introduced in the syllabus of the AFCSC, with 11students as the pioneer members of Course 1 to 4. From inception, a total of 3966 students, including those of the just concluded Course 102/2011, have so far attended the course. Of this number, 56 failed the course, while 8 were Returned To Unit (RTU). A total of 3902 students passed out with Passed Staff Duties Admin One, (PSD A1).
With regard to the just concluded SD Course 102/2011, whose students passed out on 11 November, 2011, it was inaugurated on 9 September, 2011 with 51 students. Of this number, 27 students were from the Nigerian Army, while 24 were from the Nigerian Air Force. There were no nominees from the Nigerian Navy. Nine of them were female. The course usually lasts for nine weeks.
The main aim and objective of the course is to train clerks from all the three services of the Armed Forces for efficient office management. It is also to train Personal Assistants (PAs) and Chief Clerks as well as supervisors to carry out routine clerical activities in the offices. The areas in which they are trained include introduction to service writing, rules and conventions of service writing, filling system/CGSS, handling and disposal of classified documents, operational staff work in the field, orders, instructions and directive and signal message writing.
Other areas are service correspondence, office and communication, office routine, conference, principles of management, computer/ICT and French language.
Importantly, during the course, the students, with the help of the instructors, engage in some operational visits, all in an attempt to broaden their spectrum. It has been the custom of the college that Study Tours to military formations and civilian organizations are usually embarked by the college. Since inception, every course visits a selected military establishment and a civilian organization mainly for the purpose of establishing the difference and enhancing the scope of knowledge by way of drawing comparison. The last two courses visited the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and the Kaduna Refinery Petro-chemical Company (KRPC) and the National Eye Centre.
Expectedly, the course’s relevance in the Armed Forces cannot be over emphasized. As it is the case in all administrative offices in Nigeria, where clerks of different cadres are trained to enhance efficiency, the same is replicated in the SD Course. Not only that, in the military, there is no doubt that all information are to be treated confidential, and this is one of the focal points of the course, which makes it more relevant in the Armed Forces.
FG reiterates commitment to global peace as AFCSC hosts Peace Support Operations Seminar
The Federal Government says it will continue to cooperate with its allies to ensure sustainable global Peace and Security in the African sub region and beyond. The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin stated this at a one-day Seminar to mark the African Conference of Commandants (ACoC) week 2011 hosted by Armed Forces Command and Staff College, AFCSC Jaji.
The Special Guest of Honour who was represented by the Chief of Administration at the Defence Headquarters, Rear Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba commended the Commandant of AFCSC for the foresight and pledged Government continued support for any laudable initiative from its training institutions. He said that in view of the proliferation of intra-state conflicts and insurgent movements in the globe, there is need for stakeholders to discuss contending variables militating against collaboration needed for effective peace support operations.
Earlier in his keynote address, the Commandant, AFCSC, Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Tijjani Muazu said that the multinational and complex nature of peace Support Operations presupposes inherent challenges that bothers on coordination, interoperability and divergent national interests amongst others. According to him, ACoC week 2011 was intended to create awareness on the role of African Conference of Commandants in harmonizing peace support Operations (PSO) training within the African sub-region.AVM Muazu expressed optimism that the Seminar will facilitate understanding and general coordination amongst African Staff Colleges in order to reinvigorate the African and the ECOWAS Standby Forces concept. The theme of the week is “Enhancing the Operational Efficiency of African Regional Standby Forces through PSOs Training to meet Contemporary Security Challenges”.
In a paper titled “Coordination of Peace Support Operations Training for the ECOWAS Standby Forces: An Appraisal”, Dr Istifanus Zabadi underscored the need to reappraise the coordination requirements of the PSOs training amongst the various stakeholders in the sub – region. He identified poor funding, lack of political will and divergent national interest among others as some of the factors militating against effective coordination of African and ECOWAS Standby Forces.Stakeholders at the Seminar were unanimous that the 3 African Centres of Excellence responsible for training at the Strategic, Operational and Tactical levels need to be strengthened and galvanized to ensure synergy in training.
The African Conference of Commandants of Staff Colleges was established in 2007 to enhance cooperation, harmonization and standardization of Peace Support Operations Training amongst African Staff Colleges. Four conferences were hold since inception with South Africa as pioneer host. Nigeria attended the 3rd edition hosted by Egypt in 2009. The 4th edition was hosted by Uganda while the 4th conference took place in 2010. The 5th edition is scheduled to hold in November 2011 at Gaborone, Botswana. Nigeria is expected to host the 6th edition in November, 2012.The Seminar was well attended by stakeholders including the Chief of Staff, ECOWAS Standby Force, Col Daniel Ladzekpo, Defence Advisers from US Embassy, Ghana High Commission and UK High Commission among others.
Zambian DSCSC Delegation Visits AFCSC
A delegation of the Zambian Defence Services Command and Staff College (ZDSCSC), led by its Commandant, Brigadier General Bornice Musuba, visited the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji on a facility tour.Speaking on the purpose of the visit, Brigadier General Musuba said their aim of coming to Nigeria was to look at the country’s economic, military and socio-cultural aspects with a view to learning from Nigeria. He stated that the political relationship between Nigeria and Zambia has been very cordial, and there was a need to translate that in the Armed Forces of the two countries.
He added that what influenced their decision to come to Nigeria was the country’s strategic position in ECOWAS and in the African continent as a whole, saying Nigeria is a very big economy and has military might which his country could learn a lot from. He applauded the infrastructure he and his team saw at the AFCSC, Jaji and said Nigeria was doing much better than the Zambia politically and militarily, stating that the climax of their visit to Nigeria was the facility tour at the AFCSC, Jaji.
Earlier, while welcoming the ZDSCSC delegation, the Commandant, AFCSC, Jaji, Air Vice Marshall A. T. Mu’azu, commended the Zambian delegation for finding AFCSC worthy of such visit, pointing out that the visit would no doubt strengthen the relationship that exists between the two countries.According to him, Nigeria and Zambia have common aspirations having being at the forefront of the liberation struggle in Zambia years back, emphasizing the need for both AFCSC and ZDSCSC to enrich their academic activities by exchanging curricula. He used the occasion to call on the members of the delegation to explore the opportunities availed by the visit in order to add to their knowledge.
The Zambian Defence Services Command and Staff College delegation comprised the Commandant, the Zambian Defence Attaché to Nigeria, the College Coordinator from ZDSCSC, members of Directing Staff, including a female Directing Staff and 10 students officers of ZDSCSC. The AFCSC PSOs were also in attendance. They were later treated to lunch at the AFCSC Officers’ Mess. There was also exchange of souvenirs by the two Commandants.
The delegation was informed that the college was established in 1976 with the aim of producing operational-level armed forces officers of the highest professional competence and training as well as to ensure standardization of staff duties in the Nigerian Armed Forces. They were told that for the past 35 years, the college has achieved a lot by training thousands of senior and junior officers both national and international.
ARMED FORCES COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE COMMENDED FOR TAKING THE LEAD TO FORGE BROTHERHOOD AND INTEGRATION AT MILITARY LEVEL IN AFRICA……..CDS Rwandan Defence Forces.
This year’s annual Geopolitical Study Tour of some selected African states designed for students of Senior Course (SC) kick started on 24 April 2011. Ten African states were selected for the tour with the theme:” The Challenges of Disaster Management to the Military in Contemporary African Society”. The theme was carefully chosen, considering the consequences of disasters to the general society and the key role members of the Armed Forces play in disaster management. There is a popular saying that; what you cannot prevent from happening, better prepare for it. This adage was aptly captured by the theme of the study tour which was aimed at preparing students of SC 33/2011 for the challenges they are likely to face in the field.
Before the Africa Study Tour (AST) 2011, a similar tour was undertaken to some selected Nigerian states with same theme so as to equip the students with necessary information for the subsequent tasks. The Nigeria Study Tour served as platform for launching the students into a wider field of study and research. The countries visited; Angola, Benin Republic, Cameroun, Ethiopia, Ghana and Lesotho. Others include Niger, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa.
It was expected that the tour would enable the students to discover new areas for the development of bilateral and multilateral cooperation in Africa with a view to strengthening the existing relations within the continent. In the same vein, the tour would afford them the opportunity of conducting research on the role of the Armed Forces in disaster management in the countries visited. The objective of the visit is also to familiarize the students with the socio-economic and cultural problems/prospects that are common/peculiars to African states visited and compare them with the Nigerian domestic realities.
The Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Tijjani Mu’azu visited Senegal and Rwanda. While in Senegal, the Commandant was hosted by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Senegalese Armed Forces, General Abdoulaye Fall at the Defence Headquarters Dakar. AVM Mu’azu expressed appreciation for the warm reception accorded the team and then briefed the CDS on the purpose of the tour. He equally informed General Abdoulaye of the forthcoming Combined and Joint Military Exercise on Peace Support Operation sponsored by ECOWAS secretariat and which is to be hosted by the college. Additionally, the proposed review of the college curriculum with aim of repositioning the college was similarly discussed.
From L-R :The CDS RDF Lt Gen Charles Kanyonga receieving the Comdt AFCSC AVM AT Mu'azu in Kigali
Responding, the CDS acknowledges the long and cordial relationship between Senegal and Nigeria. He affirms that the relationship has been mutually beneficial and has continued to grow from strength to strength. He assured the Commandant that Senegal will continue to explore more avenues in Nigeria for training of its military personnel and participation in joint military exercise. While in Senegal, the students were adequately briefed on the issues related to disaster management by the senior military officers and civil institutions responsible for disaster mitigation.
The second leg of the tour, took the Commandant to Rwanda. On arrival, he was warmly received by the Chief of Defence Staff of the Rwandan Defence Forces (RDF), Lieutenant General Charles Kayonga at Defence Headquarters in Kigali. Earlier, the Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Ahmed Tijjani Mu’azu informed the CDS that the students are in Rwanda as part of their Geopolitical Study Tour of some selected African States. He thanks the CDS for warm reception and accepting to host the team for the tour. The Commandant briefed him on the recent efforts in college aimed at enhancing training and creating favourable environment for teaching and learning.
The General Kayonga commends the AFCSC, describing the college as an excellent breeding ground for competent and professional officers. He said (RDF) benefited immensely from the wealth of experience of Chief Instructors and Directing Staff in the college. Adding that Rwandan Officers trained in Nigeria are performing very well in the field and in Peace Support Operations. The CDS maintains that, their performance is a reflection of quality training and instructions in those training institutions. Rwanda will continue to patronise and sends its officers for training in Nigeria, he assured.
However, General Kayonga added that Rwanda is exploring the possibility of establishing its own Staff College in near future. When that is done, he expressed the desire and hopes to seek for a stronger exchange programme of Directing Staff and students with Nigeria. He commends the initiatives of the College in taking the lead to forge brotherhood and integration at military level in Africa.
The Commandant was equally received at the presidential Villa by His Excellency, President Paul Kagame. AVM Mu’azu commends the Rwandan leadership for its transformative drive and restructuring of the Armed Forces in a very short time after genocide. He added that Rwanda has become a shining example for other African states. He maintains that there are a lot to learn from the Rwandan leadership in terms of development strategy and reconciliation efforts.
Responding, Mr Kagame noted with appreciation the continuous cordial relationship between Nigeria and Rwanda. Considering one week period for the tour, Mr President opines that despite the time constraint (One week), the tour has enabled the team to physically interact with the Rwandans and appreciate the Government transformation efforts after the unfortunate genocide in 1994. Adding that, he is aware of the enormous challenges ahead and therefore there is the need for Africans to share experience and mutually supports each other for a better future.
From L-R: The Comdt AFCSC AVM AT Mu'azu presenting Souvenir to Gen Abdoulaye Fall CDS Senegalese Armed Forces
Drawing lessons from the struggle, Mr Kagame said Rwandans are more prepared and adequately planned for the future through; politics of justice and fairness, sound educational policy (96% enrolment) and public attitudinal change. On the issues of military training, Mr President directed the CDS to work out modalities on how to improve training between the two Armed Forces.
The Team Leader, Brigadier General Sunday Adeyemi in company of the Commandant used the opportunity to present to the President some historic pictures taken in early 1990s when he was in Rwanda as part of African Observer Mission. General Adeyemi expressed happiness with the level of infrastructural development and rebirth of Rwanda within a short period of time. He thanks Mr President for the opportunity and assistance given to the team during their stay in Rwanda. Earlier, the students used the forum to clear doubt, make comments and raise observations on issues related with the theme of the tour with His Excellency.
NIGER SET TO RENEW MILITARY TIE
The Republic of Niger is poised to renew the long standing Military ties with Nigeria to include more areas of cooperation. The Nigerien Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier General Salou Souleymane revealed this during working visit to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji.
General Souleymane who thanked Nigeria for keeping faith with the ties over the years, indicated the willingness of his country to review the existing cooperation to include areas that bother on border security and training of cadet officers. He expressed to Nigeria for training Nigerien officers at AFCSC over the years.
In his response, the Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Tijjani Mu’azu thanked Niger Republic for keeping faith with her own part of the bargain and urged her to increase the number of Nigerien participants in the College as the two countries renew the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The Commandant who said that the two countries share common heritage congratulated Niger for yet another smooth transition from military to civilian Administration.
Air Vice Marshal Mu’azu also used the occasion to thank Niger for the warm reception and assistance accorded Team members of Senior Course 33 during the just concluded Africa Study Tour.
Highlights of the occasion was presentation of College brief which was intended to educate the August visitor on the structure and the objectives of the Armed Forces Command Staff College, Nigeria. The CDS equally attended Regimental Dinner Night jointly hosted by AFCSC and NDA in Cadet Officers’ Mess.
AFCSC HOSTS INTER-AGENCY INTERNAL SECURITY OPERATIONS EXERCISE
Annually, the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji, conducts a 2 week joint training for internal security and low intensity conflict and stabilization. The exercise popularly tagged ‘EXERCISE HASKE-BIYU’ is designed for the learning benefit of the Senior Course students of AFCSC and participants from the paramilitary and other Security Agenies in the country.
During the 2011 edition of the exercise, the Commandant of the AFCSC AVM Ahmed TIJani Mu’azu enjoined the participants to consolidate on the gains of the exercise. He observed that the challenges posed by the Niger-Delta and upsurge of violence in Plateau State in recent years have brought to the fore the significance of joint training among Security Agencies to ensure uniformity of operations at joint exercises. He explained that the concept of “Mission Command” taught during the exercise is informed by the need to give
subordinates some latitude of initiative in task accomplishment.
According to him, the concept requires that the Commander tells his subordinate “what to do and not how to do it”Speaking earlier at the occasion, the Commandant who spoke through the immediate past Deputy Commandant of the College, Rear Admiral Dele Ezeoba implored the participants to use the opportunity of the Exercise Haske-Biyu 2011 to broaden their knowledge of Military Operations other than War alternative with emphasis on Internal Security Operation.He said that the dynamics of Global Security environment and the Nation’s Security challenges call for joint training, consultations and sharing of Information on conflict resolutions and management.
The Commandant stressed that the exercise will help forge a durable relationship among stakeholders and further help evolve strategies and operational concepts that would help improve security ahead of the 2011 general elections. During the 2 weeks training period, Series of lectures, syndicate discussions and physical demonstrations were organized to further broaden the horizon of understanding of the participants. Notable Senior Military, police and public officers were at hand to present lectures and share their experience during the exercise. The Exercise Haske-Biyu 2011 was attended by over 10 Security Agencies including: the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigerian Immigration Service and the Nigerian Prisons Service. Others are: Federal Road Safety Commission; Department of State Security Services; National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.
AFCSC SYMPOSIUM 2011
AFCSC PRESENTATION FOR NIGERIA STUDY TOUR ENDS IN GRAND STYLE
The Commandant of Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji AVM AT Mua’zu has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of presentation of Nigeria Study Tour 2011. He stated this at the end of Research paper presentation by Senior Course 33 of the College held at Danjuma Hall.
The Commandant who spoke through the Deputy Commandant, Rear Admiral Dele Ezeoba maintained that Geopolitical study of Nigeria is critical component of the Course Curriculum designed to expose students to real life situations and socio-cultural diversity of the country. He said that recommendations of the various Syndicates will assist various state Governments in addressing disaster problems.
In a key note address at the occasion, the Minister of Environment, Mr John Odey represented by Mrs Comfort Owolabi, Director of Foreign Analysis in the ministry thanked the College for its capacity building effort and contributions to disaster control and mitigation in the country.
The Hon. Minister stated that his ministry is committed to restoring and maintaining the ecosystem through the implementation of the national policy on disaster management which is participatory in order to enlist the support of the populace.
The theme of this year’s Nigeria Study Tour is: “Challenges of Disaster Management in Nigeria” serves as the college’s modest contribution to the mitigation of disaster menace in the country. The Students visited 12 selected States which include Anambra, Bauchi, Jigawa, Kastina, Cross River and Nassarawa. Others are: Yobe, Ondo, Rivers, Ekiti, Kwara and Imo States.
Highlights of the occasion were presentation of prizes to outstanding Syndicates. Jigawa state syndicate clinched the top position, while Anambra and Ondo States emerged 1st and 2nd runners-up respectively.
AFCSC CONDUCTS EXERCISE EAGLE SWEEP
Participants of Senior Course 33/2011 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji, Nigeria have been urged to make use of the opportunity of this year’s Telephone Simulation Exercise to build their confidence and command abilities. The Commandant AFCSC, Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Tijjani Muazu represented by the Deputy Commandant AFCSC, Rear Admiral Dele Ezeoba stated this at the climax of the 2011 Combant Simulation Exercise tugged “Exercise Eagle Sweep 2011“.
The Deputy Commandant who also doubles as the Director of studies said that, “the more you train in peace time, the better you perform in real war situation.” The exercise which lasted between 8 – 18 February 2011 is part of mandatory components of the senior course curriculum designed to sharpen their abilities to think in real life command situations.
The exercise is also intended to expose officers to the dynamics of joint operations where by the Army, Navy, Airforce are expected to synergize in order to conquer their enemy. The exercise scenerio involved 3 imaginary countries; Blue and Tyrannia and Redland, hitherto friendly neighbours who have taken arms against one another over the scramble for a land territory. The exercise is aimed at practicing the students in the rudiments of operational procedures and handling of tactical problems. It will also include conduct of media operations and civil military cooperation planning among others. This year’s exercise slogan is, ‘The Battle line is Drawn’. It is a scenario in which students act as high level Commanders, exhibiting initiatives in command, control and tactical decisions at all levels.
HOST COMMUNITIES PRAISE AFCSC OVER DEVELOPMENTAL PROJECTS
The Armed forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) host communities of Jaji and Kerawa have praised the College for sitting developmental projects in their area. The District Head of Jaji, Bijimin Kudun Zazzau, Alhaji Abdurrasheed Sani disclosed this during his courtesy visit to the College. Alhaji Sani expressed appreciation of his people over the sinking of boreholes by the College which have the overtime become source of portable water to th communities .
Speaking further at the occasion, Alhaji Sani who was accompanied by Jaji/Kerawa Chiefs appealed to the Commandant to sink more boreholes in the area and provide a standby generator set which would supplement the Power Holding Company of Nigeria electricity supply to power the boreholes plant when ever there is power outage. He also solicited the assistance of the College in consideration of the Jaji youths in military recruitment exercise, job placement and contract awards in the College.
Addressing the District Head of Jaji Community and his entourage at the occasion, the Commandant, AVM Ahmed Tijani Muazu stated that he was elated with their courtesy visit to the College. He however, apologized for his inability to visit the Jaji community leaders since his assumption of office. This, he explained was as a result of the delay he encountered in his bid to visit the Emir of Zazzau since courtesy demands that he must first visit the Emir whose areas of jurisdiction extend to Jaji Community.
Additionally, the Commandant lauded the communities for providing land for the establishment of the AFCSC and ensuring harmonious coexistence with the College. He stated that the developmental projects put in place in the Communities by the College are part of corporate social responsibilities expected of any organization.Regarding the request for the sinking of more boreholes in the area, AVM Muazu assured the community leaders that the College will do her best. He urged Jaji adjoining Communities to avail themselves of the availability of water in the cantonment for the time being as the construction of Kargo Dam and water treatment plant will soon be completed.
The Commandant further urged the community leaders to encourage their youths to work hard so as to be able to qualify for admission into Nigerian Defence Academy and other high institutions. AVM Muazu informed them that, the College organizes academic classes to prepare Jaji youths with deficiencies in their WAEC and NECO results for admission into tertiary institutions.
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