NDA Matriculates 471 Cadets; Oyebade task them on perseverance/determination.
The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has matriculat-ed 471 Cadets into various degree programmes with a charge to cadet to live a life of integrity and hard work.
This charge was given by Brig Gen George Pedro (Rtd) who was the special guest of honour during the event held on Thursday at the Academy Auditorium, Afaka, Kaduna.
While congratulating the cadets on their matriculation, Brig Gen Pedro told them that they have made a great decision to join the NDA.
He reminded them that their choice requires zeal and enthusiasm to make it to the peak.
He encouraged them to be un-deterred by the challenges they may face in the course of pursuing their chosen career and to bear in mind that becoming an officer is not just a means to an end but an end in itself.
In his inaugural lecture the Commandant, Nigeria De-fence Academy, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade tasked the matriculating cadets to be focused and de-termined as they begin their sojourn in the Academy.
He said, “Looking at the peculiarity of the Academy as a military university which combines military and academics training, the task ahead is tough”.
He encouraged the cadets to strive harder on their journey with perseverance and determination, as only those who have the mentioned qualities would rise to the peak of their career.
Comparing the military profession to other professions, the Commandant explained that the military profession is peculiar and more demanding as it is the only profession that requires an individual to lay down his life for the peace and unity of his country.
To parents and guardians of the cadets, the Comman-dant urged them to aid the new cadets with prayers and encouragement to enable them cope with the rigors and challenges associated with the training.
He assured them of the well-being of their children while undergoing trainings, saying the Academy is equipped with world class facilities and serene envi-ronment to cater for its cadets needs.
The matriculated cadets are members of 70 Regular Course and were assembled in the NDA 3 months ago.
Major; Academy Public Relations Officer
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