(Deputy Commandant, AVM Idi Ami briefing newsmen ahead the NDA PoP at Academy’s Headquarters, Kaduna on Monday)
Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA) on Monday said, the institution would be graduating a total of 365 officers into Nigeria, Republic of Benin and Togo armed forces.
NDA is the premier military university in the entire African region, training young Nigerians and those of allied countries in both military and academics, endowing them at the end of a 5 – year training stint at the Academy with a degree from any of the 4 Faculties currently operational at the Academy; and commissioning into the Nigerian Armed Forces or those of Allied Countries.
Commandant of NDA, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, who stated this during press briefing for passing out parade (PoP) of 65 Regular Course (Army) 66 (NAVY and Air Force) at the academy’s permanent site added that, the graduating students have met the necessary requirements that qualified them for the award after five years of serious military and academic trainings.
Represented by Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Idi Ami, the Army Officer further said, the event which was billed for October 6, 2018 at the Academy parade ground, Afaka Campus, is expected to be reviewed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“365 cadets officers including 2 allied cadets from Republics of Benin and Togo. Out of which 131 cadets of 65RC will be commissioned into the Nigerian Army, while members of 66RC of Navy and Air Force will proceed to their respective services for further training before commissioning.
“As you may recall, last year the President, Commander – in – Chief the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, was suitably represented at the POP ceremonies for 64RC (Army), 65RC (Navy/Air Force) and SSC 44 (Army) by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo GCON.
“This year, the President Commander-in Chief of the Armed forces President Muhammadu Buhari will be at hand to grace this year’s events”, he added.
Meanwhile the Academy would also confer honourary degrees on 3 eminent Nigerians; Alhaji Mohammed Indimi, Businessman and philanthropist.
Others are Dr. Adewumi Adesina, President African Development Bank and Lt Gen C I Obiako, former Military Adviser to United Nations.
So far, NDA has trained over 20,000 officers since inception, a small fraction of whom are from allied Countries like Benin Republic, The Gambia, Ghana, Seirra Leone, Togo and a host of others.