SEPTEMBER 18, 2011
Jonathan Pledges Better Security
President Goodluck Jonathan Saturday assured Nigerians that his administration is taking all measures to create harmonious and peaceful atmosphere in every part of the country so as to achieve the goals of his transformation agenda.
He also tasked the nation’s Armed Forces to ensure internal security of the nation in addition to their professional duty of defending the territorial integrity of the nation.
Speaking at the Passing out Parade of the 58th Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, the President, who noted that the development of any nation is hinged on security and peace, assured that his administration will continue to give maximum premium national security.
He charged the graduating cadets to comply strictly by the rules of engagement based on universal practices in any security operations they may be involved within or outside the country.
The event took place amidst tight security as operatives of security agencies including the military intelligence, military police; State security Service among others mounted about 20 check points within the premises of the NDA, subjecting guests and journalists to rigorous anti-bomb scanning checks.
There was however confusion at the Cadets Mess, where the convocation and lecture took place as guests were subjected to what some of them described as embarrassing security screening.
Some of the dignitaries could not enter the Hall as a result of the security checks while others left the venue of the event out of frustration.
A total of nine cadets went home with various awards and decorations, including Cadet AP Akinwale who carted away a total of three highly coveted awards and decorations, namely the Sword of Honour, Gold Medal and the Indian Cup.
At the end of the rigorous five-year programme of military training and academic instruction which came to a close yesterday, three of the graduating 58th Regular Course cadets passed out from the Nigerian Defence Academy with First Class Honours. They are Peter Unukefe Efe of the Electrical Engineering Department, Michael Obinna Nnamani of the Department of Physics and Bashir Bala of the Department of Economics.
Since its establishment in 1964, the Nigerian Defence Academy has graduated a grand total 17,598 officers. This figure comprises 7,392 Regular Combatant officers, 8,506 Direct Short Service, Short Service and Executive Commission officers and 455 foreign officers from Benin, Liberia, Chad, Guinea, The Gambia, Niger, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The Academy is presently training cadets from the Republic of Liberia and Togo.
In line with directives issued earlier this year by President Goodluck Jonathan, 20 female cadets will, for the first time ever, join 155 male counterparts in the 5 year-long regular combatant cadet training programme at the commencement of the next session in October 2011.
Since becoming a degree-awarding institution in 1985, the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has graduated a total of 3,490 degree-qualified Regular Course cadets, including 35 First Class Honours graduates across disciplines.
The NDA today operates a Postgraduate School which consists of 3 Faculties with 14 degree-awarding Departments.
The Passing Out Parade of the 58th Regular Course cadets also featured the conferment of honorary doctorate degrees on some distinguished Nigerians, including the His Eminence Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto and spiritual leader of Nigeria’s 75 million-strong muslim community. Sultan Abubakar, a retired Brigadier General of the Nigerian Army who similarly passed out from the NDA on 17 December 1977, was conferred with the honorary Doctor of Letters.
Also conferred with the honorary Doctor of Letters degree was the National Security Adviser, General(retd) Andrew Owoeye Azazi, a former Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Defence Staff who passed out from the NDA in June 1974.
Similarly, a former Minister of Education and incumbent senator representing Adamawa Central senatorial district, Professor Jubril Aminu was conferred with the honorary degree of Doctor of Science while the duo of Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria’s Petroleum Minister and Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State were conferred with the honorary degree of Doctor of Management Science.
With additional reports from:
“THIS DAY” (18-9-2011)
NDA online portal