25 May, 2013
As 278 officer cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) passed out, President Goodluck Jonathan charged them to keep themselves abreast of modern security infrastructure with a view to bringing back peace to Nigeria. The president who was reviewing officer at the Passing out Parade (PoP) of officer cadets of the Short Service Course 41 (Army) and Direct Short Service Course 21 (Navy) at the NDA old site yesterday in Kaduna stressed that effective security is an accelerator of development.
The president who was represented by the Minister of State for Defence, Erelu Olushola Obada reiterated that growing local, regional and global security challenges must remain the number one priority of the government at all levels.
“Effective security is an accelerator of development. As young officers full of hope and zeal towards building worthwhile careers, your contributions will be invaluable to out efforts at maintaining strong advantage in all our security goals, if you constantly update yourselves on the new threat to environments,” he emphasized.
He said, “On your shoulders lies the responsibility to reinvigorate leadership in the junior officer cadre of the Armed Forces and only through training and retraining can you lead and remain ahead.”
He urged the officer cadets to emulate the good examples of their senior colleagues in the field and reject acts capable of tarnishing their image and dignity as commissioned officers. He assured that the federal government is
determined that within available resources, it will accelerate the speedy implementation the policy that is anchored on increased professionalism, superior equipment, enhanced training and increased in-house capacity development.
He commended the authorities of NDA saying, “NDA has consistently justified its strategic importance, by delivering high standards of training and discipline in its graduate officers, for our Armed Forces and those sister African countries.”