Osinbajo urges NDC to develop strategies to deal with evolving threats – The Sun Nigeria

By Molly Kilete, Abuja

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo instructed the armed forces and security agencies to be innovative in developing security and defense strategies suited to regional, continental and international threats.

Osinbajo said the world had moved away from the approach to security management where the military and security agencies were seen as the exclusive stewards of security issues.

The Vice President gave the charge during the 30th Anniversary/Graduation Dinner and Awards Evening held for the 30 course participants of the National Defense College (NDC), Abuja.

Represented by the President’s Special Adviser for Economic Issues, Ambassador Adeyemi Dipeolu, on the occasion, Osinbajo argued that security was an entire societal responsibility that could only be achieved in unison with a wide range of state and civil society actors.

He said, “You need to adopt smart ways of managing society in a pervasive universe, as contemporary technologies have introduced new levels of complexity into an already challenging security environment.

“The technological revolution of the current era also offers you a wide range of tools with which you can protect our vital interests and protect our people.

“You have to innovate relentlessly in exploiting these options.

“Overall, you must be responsive to the needs and demands of the people who are the primary national security benchmark as our nation’s spear and shield.”

Osinbajo, while urging the international college participants to be proud college alumni and maintain the bonds they had forged and continue to support Nigeria’s efforts to maintain peace and security, said, “I have no doubt that you have come to fully appreciate this activity and the management of safety in the service of the doctrine of the whole of society.

“Clearly you also need to embrace the role women play in contemporary security management and make sense of it in your future engagements.

“In this regard, I am pleased that this institution has always given participants equal opportunities to participate in this highly rewarding strategic leadership training.

“Our defense cooperation with friendly countries in Africa and around the world has been mutually beneficial.

“I especially acknowledge all foreign dignitaries and international participants here and express our appreciation for your association with Nigeria and the NDC.”

Earlier in his address, the Commandant of the college, Rear Admiral Murtala Bashir, while commending the participants for their commitment and resilience throughout the duration of the course, said the celebration of the 30th batch of graduates since inception from the NDC, in 1992. was a milestone in the history of the college.

While noting that the security environment had been unstable, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, the commander said the ability to overcome complexity and uncertainty made participants strategic, as they would have understood and appreciated that the course was designed to test their resilience. and ability to make difficult and complex decisions in terms of uncertainty, stress and tension.

He expressed hope that the knowledge and experience they gained in college would set them apart in leadership wherever they are.

He told them to always remember that security management was no longer the exclusive domain of the military, intelligence and other security forces, as civilian populations were crucial to military operations, adding that he There were hardly any operations these days that did not involve the civilian population. directly or indirectly.

“We do everything we can to reduce course workload without compromising standards,” he said.

“Let me highlight two college training philosophies that I encourage you to always follow.

“First, you must remember that military training and operations are rooted in teamwork. You must have been told many times that you are only as strong as your weakest link.

“This philosophy is reflected in the group exercises you conducted during your college training.

“For a long time, however, teamwork was narrowly understood as intra-department solidarity, but today we know that the era of single-department operations is over.

“You have to leave here thinking about cooperation; you must be ready to think, act, plan and operate together.

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