The Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC’s) ‘Strategic Management and Policy Studies Course 2, 2019 has been inaugurated by the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.
While inaugurating the second course in the series, General Buratai charged the participants to develop and establish research based ideas that would proffer solutions to challenges of both defence and security facing the nation.
The second edition of the management and studies course which is holding barely three months after the graduation of the maiden course participants is part of the continuous upgrade of the studies.
The first round of the course 1 consisting of policy, management, entrepreneurship and research methodology was reviewed and increased to five to include psychology in the second edition. This, he said, is in line with the objectives of the course, and guidelines of the National Universities Commission (NUC).
“The commencement of this second edition is an indication that the strategic management and policy studies course, being conducted by NARC in conjunction with the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), is gaining momentum, and has actually become part of the national calender,” he said.
The Army Chief who was the special guest of honour at the event stated further that the course was conceived and developed as part of the human capital development mandate of Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC).
“The performance, encomia, and positive reports received from participants, facilitators, faculty contributing organisations and observers about the first edition of this course, gladdens the hearts of those of us who conceptualized the course,” he said.
Pure kinetic engagement
Buratai further asserted that the course was designed to examine security through other lenses, rather than the pure kinetic engagement which most of the participants are used to.
Addressing the participants at the inauguration of the course, Director General, Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Major General Garba Wahab (rtd) said the Resource Centre’s objective for organising the management and policy studies course which was aimed at improving the intellectual capability of the participants.
It was also aimed at examining the issue of security through a non-kinetic approach, improving inter-agency cooperation, and also creating lifelong relationship as part of human resource development.