By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA – Indications emerged weekend, that the next batch of officers from the rank of Colonels and equivalent in the Nigerian Armed forces that would be proceeding to the National Defence College for participation in Course 18 would have their number increased as a plan to checkmate the problem of backlog is in the offing.
Vanguard recalls that in the past, due to the problem of limited space for senior officers in the National Defence College or the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), some officers have been caught up by age on rank, leading to quick retirement while others out of frustration have tendered resignation letters, if lobbying fails, because they donâ€™t want their course mates to become their seniors.
Making this disclosure while speaking on preparation for graduation of course 17 intakes on the NDC, Commandant of the college, Rear Admiral John Jonah, said towards this end, the services headquarters of the Army, Navy and Airforce, have agreed to assist the college meet up with the provision of facilities that would increase the number the college can take.
â€œSo certainly, there would be an increased number in the next intake. However, I must make it clear that not every Colonel or equivalent will make it as there are criteria that must be met before they are qualified to go to the Defence Collegeâ€, he said.
On the graduation proper, Admiral; Jonah said 105 participants comprising 45 Army officers, 19 Naval officers and 22 Airforce officers, 2 Police Commissioners and 6 senior civil servants and 11 participants from African countries would be passing out from the college.