Defence College awards 35 senior officers in fifth valedictory

30Jul 2017
James Kandoya
Guardian On Sunday
Defence College awards 35 senior officers in fifth valedictory

ZANZIBAR Second Vice President, Ambassador Seif Ali Iddi has highlighted the need for the National Defense College (NDC) to continue offering security courses to enhance inter-state cooperation for mutual interest.

ZANZIBAR Second Vice President, Ambassador Seif Ali Iddi.

He made the remarks yesterday in the fifth valedictory function to confer awards to 35 senior officials who took courses at the National Defense College in Dar es Salaam.

He said the college ought to become an icon for security and strategic studies to the nation and neighbouring countries to enhance cooperation and for mutual interest.

The VP said the NDC was a place where defense and national leaders are trained and mentored on security and strategic studies in the national interest.

“I would like to invite other member states to use our college to study issues related to security and strategic concerns for the benefit of all member states,” he said.

“Currently, global security is threatened by massive use of drugs and terrorism. Therefore, it is the right time to make practical use of the knowledge obtained from NDC to overcome such challenges and risks,” he told the officers.

Ambassador Iddi said that since its inception, NDC had registered tremendous success in training civil servants and senior members of the military and the government will continue supporting those efforts.

NDC Commandant, Major General Yacoub Mohamed said that 25 course members were awarded with Master’s degrees and 10 awarded with diplomas in security and strategic studies.

He said the 25 course members listed for the prestigious award ‘NDC’ are from Rwanda, Nigeria, Burundi, Kenya, Namibia, China, the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar and the Union Government.

The prestigious NDC award was given after attended weeks of lectures from different retired officials, those still serving and ambassadors.

NDC was among centre of excellence in East Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), with NDC Chancellor Ambassador (retired) Dr Matern Lumbanga noting that the aim of the course was to prepare leaders.

They may be senior defense officers or civilian leaders as the issue was to mentor them for the future, in the national security interest.

Since its inception, NDC had offered high quality and standard knowledge to senior state and military personnel on ways to overcome risks and challenges facing the nation in terms of security.

“Unless we train our people on security and strategic issues, it would not be easy to overcome challenges that need expertise. I call on course members to transfer the knowledge obtained to reality when they are back in their offices or in other countries,” the chancellor intoned.