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  • Updated: June 16, 2024

Respect rule of law, Navy chief urges junior officers

Respect rule of law, Navy chief urges junior officers

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, urged the 360 graduates of Junior Course 97 to uphold professional standards and adhere to the rule of law. 

Vice Admiral Ogalla made this call during the graduation ceremony at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, AFCSC, in Jaji Military Cantonment, Kaduna.

The graduates included officers from the Nigerian Armed Forces, allied nations, as well as various ministries, departments, and agencies. International participants came from countries such as Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, The Gambia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Zimbabwe.

Vice Admiral Ogalla highlighted the importance of the junior course in shaping officers’ careers and commended the graduates on completing the program successfully. 

He emphasized that the college's primary goal is to enhance the professional knowledge and skills of selected officers from Nigeria and allied nations, along with nominees from key strategic ministries, departments, and agencies.

“The college is achieving its objectives, especially now that efforts to curb insecurity and asymmetry warfare require collaboration as well as a whole-of-government approach. I am also aware that you were guided to better appreciate time management, staff skills and esprit-de-corps, amongst others.

“I believe you have come to understand that most situations previously perceived to be impossible, were not insurmountable. Having successfully completed this course, it is appropriate to presume that you are prepared to operate effectively as staff officers and junior commanders in your respective Services and organisations,” Mr Ogalla said.

He said the appellation ‘Passed Junior Staff Course’ conferred  much responsibility on the officers regarding the desired quality and expected output.

He urged the graduands to remember that the Junior Course package prepared them to meet diverse staff requirements in future endeavours.

The navy chief reaffirmed the assurance of President Bola Tinubu’s continuous support to the armed forces in the attainment of their statutory roles.

He acknowledged the graduands from Defence Intelligence Agency, Defence Space Administration, Department of State Services and National Intelligence Agency.

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