The Chief of Special Service Programmes, Nigerian Army, Major General Solomon Udounwa has commended the understanding displayed by the participants, as well as the quality of lectures and presentations made towards attaining the objectives of the operational planning cadre which was concluded for operational level Commanders in the Nigerian Army and Sister Security Agencies at the Command Officers Mess, Abuja on Thursday.
Delivering his closing remarks as the special guest of honour, Gen Udounwa who was pleased to note the physical participation of officers of the DSS, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigerian Police, the Nigerian Customs and the Civil Society noted that “the objectives of the Cadre which was to acquaint participants in operational planning procedures for a Whole of Nation Approach to addressing contemporary security challenges have been realized”.
“I followed the progress of the Cadre with keen interest, and from what I have been briefed and witnessed, I am convinced that you have had a very fruitful and rewarding cadre This is a testimony to the hard work and commitment of the Cadre’s organizers, facilitators and the entire participants. I have no doubt that the series of presentations, interactive sessions and hands-on during the Cadre have greatly enriched your knowledge Cadre”, he said.
“For participants from other security agencies and civil organizations the essence of your participation was to get you acquainted with operational planning procedures and understand your part in the Whole of Nation Approach.
“You are therefore expected to take back the knowledge gained during the Cadre to your vanous services, organization, departments and establishments. This is with the hope that we see a remarkable improvement in your approach to operational planning and managing the myriad of security challenges we face. I also expect that the lessons learnt during the Cadre would benefit our various organizations and the nation in general.
Continuing, Gen Udounwa said, “This is a very unique opportunity for different agencies to work together to see how we can jointly address the challenges facing our country. There is no single service that has all the capabilities, all the human capital, all the intelligence, needed to solve the security challenges.
“So you must take this opportunity seriously. Make friends, build relationships based on mutual understanding and respect for one another. For instance, in present day scenario, you the find the military being assigned to roles it never anticipated to be involved in, so for successes to be achieved, it has to partner other agencies. This means all of us have to come together as we are pursuing the same objectives of ensuring security of lives and property and a conducive environment for the nation
He commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya for his unflinching support and drive to ensuring the Nigerian Army continues to perform “its constitutional role of ridding our nation of security threats through provision of adequate and requisite training to personnel”.
The Commander, Army headquarters Garrison, Major General Kabiru Garba was represented at the ceremony by the Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Jefferson Feboke.