Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, Chief of Defence Staff (right) and Commandant, National Defence College, Rear Admiral Thomas Lokoson(standing)
PHOTO CREDIT: NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
14 June, 2013
The government of Japan has built a 32- room hostel for participants of Peace Support Operation (PSO) courses of the National Defence College, Abuja. The hostel, located at the permanent site of the college in Jikoyi, Abuja, was commissioned yesterday by the Minister of State for Defence, Erelu Olusola Obada.
Commandant of the College, Rear Admiral Thomas Lokoson said Japan’s effort in building the hostel for PSO participants was “designed to build Nigeria’s capacity to prevent and manage conflict. We at the college share this strategic vision of seeing conflict prevention as pivotal to peaceful world. It is pertinent to state that it is wise and cost-effective to be engaged in conflict prevention rather than wait until conflict erupts with its devastating consequences before making effort to manage and resolve them.”
“This will increase the availability of potential peacekeepers for ECOWAS Standby Force, the African Standby Force and even for UN peace operations and post-conflict peace building mission,” he said.
Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Ryuichi Shoji said the building was meant “to strengthen West Africa’s peace support training and institutional capacity at the college.” He said through UNDP, Japan “has with $1 million, assisted the African Centre for Strategic Research and Studies of the college.”