Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike, has commended women and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces for dedicating their lives to protecting the territorial integrity of the country.
He also commended them for combating crime and terrorism within the borders of the country.
Wike gave the commendation when he hosted 35 students of the Senior Course 46 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, who were on study tour in Abuja on Thursday.
The minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola, said that their commitment to leadership skills and knowledge was crucial to addressing the complex challenges facing the nation.
He said that the theme of the study tour, “Role of Government in Society’s Approach in Combating particular Internal Security Challenges for Enhanced Professional Effectiveness” was relevant to the country’s peculiar need.
He urged the senior officers to share their insights, opinions, and experiences during deliberation on how best to combat criminal activities in Abuja and the country.
Earlier, the leader of the team, Brig.-Gen. Oluremi Obolo, Director, Department of Land Warfare in the college, said that the team was one of the 10 teams selected for this year’s environmental study tour.
Obolo said that other teams were deployed to different states across the country, including Niger, Nassarawa, Kano, Benue, Enugu, Akwa-Ibom, Cross-River, and Ogun states.
“The essence of the Tour is to sharpen the intuition of the students to be able to study the nation’s geopolitical, social, and economic interactions.
“The essence is to see how the student can gain from such study tours and become better officers of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
He explained that the college has been training mid-level cadet officers for the Armed Forces of Nigeria, neighbouring countries and beyond for over 47 years.
He added that the current students, essentially of the ranks of Major, have been on the course since August and needed to syndicate what they have been studying with the situation on ground.
The team lead extended an invitation to the minister to attend a lecture as the guest lecturer on the theme, “Leadership, Governance and Development”, scheduled for Dec. 19.
This, he said, would boost the students’ understanding of governance and development. (NAN)