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Naval War College trains 89 military officers in 2 years- Rear Adm. Ayobanjo


The former Commandant of the Naval War College Nigeria (NWCN), Rear Adm. Adeseye Ayobanjo, said that the College has trained 87 Command Level Officers of the Nigerian Military between 2019 to 2021.

The officers comprise of 42 officers in the Naval Warfare Course and 47 officers in the Command Level Officers Course.

Ayobanjo disclosed this during the handover ceremony to his successor, Rear Adm. Murtala Bashir, at the College in Calabar.

He said that the officers, which were drawn from the Nigerian Navy, Air Force and the Army, were trained in line with the College vision and mission.

According to him, the vision of the College is “to be a centre of excellence on naval/joint military operations and maritime security studies in the sub region”.

He added that the mission of the College is “to develop senior Naval leaders and equivalent from other services as operational level commanders with thorough appreciation of complex national security problems, who are prepared to make sound decisions in the application of maritime force as a policy.

He noted that the officers that graduated from the College have been contributing effectively to naval and joint military operations across the country and even internationally.

“We have recorded tremendous successes since the establishment of the college in 2017 as a centre for excellence.

“During my leadership of the College as Commandant, the College witnessed infrastructural development, expansion of the college library, sustainability of strategic training partners and conduct of inter-agency cooperation seminars among others.

“Also, under my leadership, the College has trained 87 sound high level command officers who are contributing greatly to security provision in the country.

“The College visited Kenya for international study tour in 2019. Also, in Nigeria the College has visited Bayelsa, Rivers and other states for environmental study tour,” he said.

He thanked the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Adm. AZ Gambo and the immediate past Chief of the Naval Staff, retired Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, for their support and contribution to the growth of the College.

Responding, Bashir commended Ayobanjo for maintaining the standard of the College, adding that he would sustain the legacy and also take the College to the next level.

He gave assurance that he would operate an open-door policy in the College with a view to accomplish the vision and mission of the College. (NAN)

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