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British Military trains Nigerian military, paramilitary officers

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), in collaboration with the British Military Advisory Training Team (BMATT) has commenced a Joint Campaign Planning Course for selected military and paramilitary officers, including high operational level staff of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government.

The Acting Director, Defence Information, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu who made this known in a statement on Tuesday said the essence of the training is to build operational capacity in the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Nwachukwu informed that the course was inaugurated at the Defence Intelligence College, Abuja on Monday by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin, where he emphasized the need for more effective collaboration among security agencies in tackling insecurity in the country.

Onyema said the main goal of the Joint Operational Planning Course is to further promote efficiency in joint operations, as participants are expected to gain in-depth knowledge on campaign planning necessary for joint military operations.

He added that at the end of the course, the participants would be well grounded in the integrated concepts of joint operational planning.

Speaking during the inauguration ceremony of the course, the CDS, who was represented by the Director Campaign Planning, DHQ, Major General Benjamin Ahanotu, said the course will address the various lapses witnessed in previous and ongoing joint operations, especially, in counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations.

General Ahanotu added that the participants would gain further insight into the principles and processes of joint operational campaign planning. He noted further that “tardiness and inadequate cooperation in joint operational campaign planning,” would also be addressed by the participants during the course.

Speaking on the internal security and peace keeping efforts by the Armed Forces, the CDS said, joint planning was paramount in the ongoing campaigns, which he described as “asymmetric warfare”. He pointed out that “military effort alone, could not restore internal peace and security,” saying that synergy and collaboration from the police, paramilitary and MDAs was imperative.

Commenting on the training collaboration between Nigeria and United Kingdom, the CDS, commended the efforts of the BMATT towards building the capacity of the Nigerian Armed Forces in order to address its internal security challenges and urged the participants to therefore take full advantage of the course to enhance their knowledge on joint campaign planning.

On his part, the BMATT facilitator, Wing Commander Nick Limb, expressed optimism that the training would stimulate series of discussions, as well as intellectual and mental exercises which will assist Nigeria to tackle security challenges in a more complex environment, given the new trend of insecurity around the globe.

Wing Commander Limb commended the current DHQ leadership for what he described as “bringing together better cooperation and integration between all arms of military, non-military elements, security services and other agencies of government with a view to empowering them on joint campaign planning.

The course which is expected to last for 2 weeks, is the 6th Batch of participants being trained by DHQ in partnership with BMATT.

Nwachukwu recalled that the DHQ recently concluded a Training Conference from 8 – 9 May 2019 at the National Defence College Abuja, where the need for joint training and collaboration between the military and other security agencies was emphasised by participants.

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