Eighteen graduates of the Naval War College Course 3 have been charged to apply the knowledge acquired towards tackling security challenges bedevilling the nation.
The 18 Naval Warfare Course 3 graduates comprised of 15 Nigerian Navy officers of Commander rank, 2 from the Nigerian Air Force, who are Wing Commanders and 1 of Nigerian Army recently promoted to a Lieutenant Colonel were given the charge at a ceremony held at the college in Calabar, Cross River State, southern Nigeria.
Rear Admiral Adeseye Ayobanjo, the commandant of the NWC, who gave the charge while speaking to the graduates, said “you are now considered capable of undertaking higher operational level command and making meaningful contribution towards addressing the nation’s security challenges”.
“I have no iota of doubt that you have emerged stronger and better equipped to face the challenges ahead. This is because having successfully completed the 8 months rigorous training in this citadel of learning, you are now better grounded in the intricacies of maritime security, the planning and execution of both single service and joint operations,” he confidently stated.
According to him, “the continuity and sustainability of this level of training, coupled with the ongoing re-equipping of the armed forces of Nigeria, the 3 Services represented will develop the required capacity to overcome the security challenges.”
The Commandant, who expressed delight that the level of training at the college was adding value to and the defining the character of the armed forces towards national security, stated “the Naval War College Nigeria has remained focused and abiding in the universal values because the learning objectives at the college hinges on national security, military strategy, theatre strategy and operational art”.
He expressed the hope that the insurgency in north-east Nigeria, militancy, oil theft, kidnapping, vandalization of critical oil and gas installations as well as other vices would be significantly reduced.
Ayobanjo noted that the college graduated 29 officers of the Nigerian armed forces in Course 1 and 2, stating “15 officers are of Course 1 and 14 are of Course 2, comprising of 25 Nigerian Navy, 2 Nigerian Air Force and 2 Nigerian Army”.
Ben Ayade, the Governor of Cross River State, in a brief remark, commended the Nigerian Government and the Nigerian Navy for choosing to site the college in Calabar.
Pledging to support the efforts of the armed forces, the Governor said “I want to assure you that we will continue to provide the enabling environment necessary for the achievement of the mission of the college”.
Ayade, who was represented by his deputy Professor Ivara Esu also urged the graduates, “I hope that you will use the experience gained on the course to make some effect towards the enhancement of our national security”.