- The new Army War College Nigeria Complex in Abuja has been commissioned
- At the commissioning, Army boss Buratai said the establishment of the college was to develop the capacities of officers at the operational level
- He expressed confidence that the skills taught at the college would form the “fulcrum and flagship” of the institution
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, on Tuesday, April 24, tasked serving military personnel to remain apolitical, stating that any attempt by anyone to politicise the noble profession will be decisively dealt with.
Buratai stated this while commissioning the new Army War College Nigeria (AWCN) Complex situated in WU Bassey Barracks, Abuja. The multi-billion naira edifice was built and completed by the current leadership of the Nigerian Army within a space of four months.
Speaking at the event, Buratai said the establishment of the Army War College Nigeria was to basically develop the capacities of Nigerian Army officers at the operational level.
He said the college is poised to be a regional centre of excellence that would give a professional military excellence to middle cadre officers as well as provide for them to rethink and re-strategise on the best approach to confront security challenges facing the nation.
“The commissioning of this citadel of learning is an important event in the calendar of the Nigerian Army as part of efforts necessary to meet the Nigerian Army operational needs" he maintained.
He further said that the college was carefully designed and the structure painstakingly put in place to ensure that the participants get optimum learning experience.
According to the army chief: “The Nigerian Army is determined to be proactive in dealing with the challenges in the country. The ever changing environment that we live requires new mental models which promotes creativity, critical and systems thinking skills, as well as deep understanding of operational art and campaign planning.
"I am very confident that these strategic skills along with other relevant ones thought at the college will form the fulcrum and flagship of the institution."
Earlier in his remarks, the commandant, Army War College Nigeria, Major General John Enenche, thanked Buratai for his unreserved commitments towards the institution. He said the curriculum of the institution is well structured with a focused course content towards the promotion of learning in a conducive environment.
The newly built college is a three floor edifice with 29 offices, 8 syndicate rooms, Library, work production centres, lecture halls, hostels and auditorium.
The ceremony witnessed the presence of top military personnel, representative of the Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs, Inspector General of Police, Directorate of State Security Service and officials of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association as well as principal officers from Defence and Service Headquarters among others.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, accused military formations in the country of failing to render proper record of arms in their possession.
Buratai made the accusation on Monday, March 19, when inaugurating a 17-member panel to verify the number of arms in the various army formations and units across the country at the Nigerian Army headquarters, Vanguard reports.
He stated that arms verification exercises across all army formations remain highly valuable to the Nigerian Army, and is carried out annually or as at when necessary.
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