Armed Forces trains military personnel on intelligence gathering software

By Martha Obi, Abuja

First set of personnel of the Armed Forces trained on intelligence gathering software.

The first set of personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) has successfully been trained on Aeronautical Reconnaissance Coverage, Geographic Information System (ARCGIS).

The training was organised by the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) in conjunction with the French Armed Forces (FAF), to build the human capacity of the Nigerian military on the deployment of information technology.

The 2-week practical training course designed for 10 train-the-trainers from the AFN intelligence corps, comprised of officers from the Nigerian Army, Air Force and Navy was held at the Defence Intelligence College (DIC), Abuja from 16–27 July, 2018.

The course centred on geo-analysis and geo-statistics was also geared towards broadening the participants’ knowledge on how to leverage on the various ARCGIS analytical tools for military intelligence gathering, to boost tactical combat operations.

At the graduation ceremony, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Olonisakin appreciated the French Armed Forces for the training partnership and commended its Defence Attaché (DA) to Nigeria, Colonel Nicolas Rambaud for facilitating the capacity building initiative, to ensure the operational readiness of the AFN.

General Olonisakin said that ”the partnership would foster strategic relationship and defence diplomacy between both countries Armed Forces.”

While congratulating the officers for successful completion of the course, he said; “ARCGIS software course is vital as it would have positive impact in the various ill I tar operations across the country.”

He then urged the graduands to put to bear all what they have learnt into their military field of endeavours.

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Olonisakin was represented at the occasion by the Deputy Director of Train at DHQ, Air Commodore Idoko Ohemu.

“The objective of the course was to train-the-trainers, noting that the graduands are future trainers as such they need to improve on the ARCGIS analytical tools and skills,” the Defence Attaché (DA) to Nigeria, Colonel Nicolas Rambaud said.

Colonel Rambaud explained that when adequately utilised the ARCGIS software would facilitate the understanding of military in-depth situation on a map, stressing that ”over the years, French military has effectively deployed ARCGIS software in its various military operations.”

No cost training
He commended the country’s  instructors for accepting to tutor the students at no cost.

The Commandant of Defence Intelligence College, DIC, Commodore EO Jaiyeola thanked the DA France for facilitating the training.

According to him, knowledge knows no boundary and terrorism has no boundaries.

He urged both countries’ military to continue to interface by bringing wealth of experiences and local content to bear.

The acting Deputy Commandant, Colonel UJ Gombe represented Commodore EO Jaiyeola at the event.


Mercy Chukwudiebere