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President Muhammadu Buhari has called on heads of security and defence services to promote and implement comprehensive security philosophies of joint effort and synergies through interagency cooperation to address the nation’s security challenge at the graduation ceremony of National Defence College Nigeria (NDC).

Imo State daughter and the immediatel past Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Finance and Administration, Delta State Police Command, CP Ngozi Vivian Ogu-Onadeko fdc, psc+, MNIM is among other participants drawn from the Armed Forces, Police, MDAs, Diplomatic corps and other Security agencies from other countries of the world.

Ngozi Vivian Ogu-Onadeko of NDC Course 28 hails from Obetiti Nguru in Aboh Mbaise L.G.A of Imo State. A proud daughter 'Ada' of late Chief Theodore and Ezinne Joan Ogu. 

The graduation ceremony which took place at the college premises in Abuja, today, Thursday 6th August, 2020 had 107 participants of the NDC Course 28.

The Commandant NDC, Rear Admiral Mackson Kadir said that the NDC Course 28 were duly trained and prepared for higher challenges of national security and defence having benefited from the statutory curriculum and special programmes in the College. He said, “A total of 107 participants were being presented for graduation today.

The participants are made up of 67 officers of the rank of Colonel in the Nigerian Army and equivalents in the Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air Force, 5 Commissioners of Police and 2 Deputy Commissioners of Police from the Nigeria Police Force, 15 participants from the MDAs as well as 18 military officers from allied countries spread across Africa, Asia and the Americas”.

Speaking on the international acceptability of NDC, the Commandant said “I am proud to state that since the inception of the College, Course 28 had the highest number of international participants. This is an attestation of the international acceptance of the College’s academic and research standards”. The Commandant also confered on the graduating participants fellows of National Defence College (fdc)

The President who was represented by the Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Magashi (Rtd), said this would help to create enabling environment to overcome the security challenge in the country. He noted that in spite of the challenges in the country, that the nation had remained strong and vibrant in all forms. According to him, “In spite of all of these, our faith in the nation is unshaken. Our resolve and Will to take the nation to greater heights is strong.”

The Minister noted that there is a need to work together and get back on track as a way forward. He said this will require a fundamental philosophy of deliberative, continuous and consolidative improvement in all aspect of our national life. “We must continuously harness the strengths of our national diversities; we must promote “Nigeria first” in all our dings; we must bridge political divides and engage in political re-engineering based on equity and mutual trust”.

The event was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Honourable Minister of Defence ,Service Chiefs and DIG Aminchi Baraya who represented the Inspector General of Police. Other dignitaries at the occasion were heads of ministries, departments and agencies and a host of serving and retired senior military officers.

IfeanyiCy Njoku reports


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