Participants in the course 1 of the Nigerian Army war college have been urged to use the programme to enhance the operations of the army to tackle the security challenges in the country.
The minister of defense, Mansur Dan Ali made the call at the inauguration of the course in Abuja.
Mr Ali explained that the army war college was established to develop the capacity of officers to enhance their operational capabilities, noting that insecurity was best tackled at the operational level.
“You should look into the numerous security challenges that are facing the country including the herdsmen – farmers crisis that we are having. This is a course that you will need to sit down and come up with some of possible solutions to this crisis in our nation.”
In a remark, the chief of army staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai who has observed some lapses in the operational capacity of the army stressed that the college will focus on improving the technics needed to meet the growing challenge of insurgency and under crimes in the country.
“It was observed that there were no army level courses that supported officers capacity building at operational level, and as a consequence, Nigerian army officers were not well-grounded in operational art.”
Earlier, the commandant of the college, Major General Gafar Okunola who gave assurance of a conducive learning environment said the college has developed a curriculum aimed at addressing the various operational challenges of officers.
“It’s our strong belief that the success of the dream for the war college lies in our ability to be more dynamic in aligning with contemporary security challenges.”
High point of the event was inauguration of 32 participants of the course 1 by the defense minister.