NIGERIAN DEFENCE ACADEMY TO TRAIN FEMALE COMBATANT OFFICER-CADETS

Nigerian Defence Academy to Commence Training of Female Combatant Cadets
CHAMPION NEWSPAPERS
Yochuku Ofoka Yobolisa
15 February 2011

Abuja — PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has directed the military high command to begin, with immediate effect, the enlistment and training of female combatant cadets in the Nigerian Defence Academy.

According to the President this is to pave way for highly competent and skilled female officers of the nation’s armed forces to aspire to the highest echelon of the nation’s military force.

He said that before now openings for female officers in the armed forces had been limited to non-combat duties which had, hitherto, grossly limited women’s career paths in the military irrespective of their talents and skills in professional soldering.

On behalf of the President, Minister of Defence, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode made this known to journalists yesterday at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.

He said that the move is designed to address the lopsided opportunities in the armed forces wherein only male officers of the military forces were given chances to aspire to head any of the military services or even rise to become chief of the defence staff of the country’s defence machinery.

He said, “The Nigerian Armed Forces has always had openings for female officers, But the chances had been limited to non-combat assignments thereby limiting their career paths despite their proven competence and skills.

“Of course, to address this obvious anomaly every Nigerian, irrespective of gender or affiliation, should be given equal opportunity to excel in his or her chosen field of endeavours, as such Mr President has directed the military authorities to immediately begin the enlistment and training of the female regular combatant commission officers”.

Prince Kayode further said that the training of the female regular combatant cadets along with their male counterparts would be done at the prestigious Nigerian Defence Academy where female officers would be expected to pass out with requisite degrees in their chosen academic fields and become regular combatant commissioned officers of the nation’s armed forces.

Kayode revealed that, although, the country’s military force has women in highly technical and strategic fields who had been commissioned into various services in the past, the armed forces had never had women as regular combatant officers, adding that it was only officers in the regular combatant cadres that were, hitherto, statutorily accepted to aspire to the highest echelon of the country’s military force.

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9 Responses to NIGERIAN DEFENCE ACADEMY TO TRAIN FEMALE COMBATANT OFFICER-CADETS

  1. ADEDEJI says:

    A welcome development…What a Man can DO A woman can also do ……. lol..

  2. yaxson says:

    sir am very sorry to say this……..sir we are all Nigerians but why are you discriminating other Nigerians ,if am poor or my parent are not rich enough that does not mean i dont have the right to apply for NDA …. sir we know that militery are not corrupt leaders thats one of the reason why militery enter into country politics.But sir we now found our selfs in a terrable situation, ………………..sir i apply for the academy and i pass every entrans activities but my friend did not pass…but his father is one of the nigerian leaders ……..his father payed alot of money and the guy is in the academy …but me they suspend me because we are not rich …………………..may god bless all our past heros ………………………………….please sir try to avoid this ,if not someone will do to your son …Leave long Nigerian Defence Academy

    • For me sir I will write my NDA entrance exam next year but long life pls and plxxx I beg u……help me to pass my emtrance exam plss sir I need ur favour pls thts my NUMBER 08078486529 call me sir

  3. Tunde Oladele says:

    A very welcome development for our Nation and Armed Forces. Let the authority put in measures to check sexual harrassment from Senior Officers. Financial Service sector is typical example where sexual harrassment thrives

  4. Ifeanyi says:

    Can google pls send 2me d names of female shortlisted in 2011 nigerian defence academy

  5. Hillary says:

    Please jonathan i beleive God brought u to make a change in this country. By allowing female to join the Academy but he should also see to the problem of Adimmission in N.d.a we that have no connection to gain adimision is a problem for us we will write and pass d exam but they will deny us adimision Just like my friend Yaxson said u top military Generals should do sometin about this i beg u all with the name of God.

  6. Ema says:

    Female combatant military officer, is that a good thing? Hmmm. Given the rapidly swinging moods of females in accordance with their hormonal cycles I wonder how that’s gonna work out. Okay, before you hit me with “it is done elsewhere”, Nigeria is necessarily different- the sociocultural millieu is different, the educational preparation is different, the medico-legal implications of having FEMALE COMBATANT OFFICERS are overwhelming. Did anyone take all these into consideration before decreeing by fiat that females should be enlisted willy-nilly into NDA for training as combatant officers? It may be a welcome development, but are we doing it right?

  7. Okoro ese says:

    I only pray 2 GOD almighty 2 touch dere mind so dat i can join d minitery student of nda,bcus when am in childhood have been tellin my friends dat i want 2 become a minitery army,bcus dats is my dream and i always put it in prayer and i known GOD has already answer my prayer,by d divine GRACE of GOD am already in NDA.

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