The Naval War College Nigeria graduated 25 officers from the Command Level Officers Course on Friday 5 February 2021. The officers were the third set of graduands from the capstone course since the inception of the College in 2017. Amongst the graduands is the first female officer to attend the Command Level Officers Course Lieutenant Commander Eseoghene Godspower. The Course is aimed at enhancing effective leadership and management among middle level cadre officers of Lieutenant Commander and Commander ranks and it focuses on subject areas such as emotional intelligence, self-awareness, ethics, communication skills, teamwork, command climate and leadership.
The erstwhile Commandant NWCN Rear Admiral AO Ayobanjo in his welcome address enjoined the participants to use the knowledge gained on the Course to uphold the vision of the Chief of the Naval Staff Rear Admiral AZ Gambo which is to leverage on all factors of national location, technology, training, teamwork and synergy to re-energize the Nigerian Navy and enhance her as a well motivated and ready naval force in the discharge of her constitutional mandate and other assigned tasks in fulfillment of national security objectives.
The Special Guest of Honour Rear Admiral Perry Onwezulike in his speech reminded the graduands that Nigeria’s maritime domain is still beset with plethora of illegalities and threats that affect the overall security of Nigeria and thus their skillful exercise of command and leadership especially at the tactical level of operations is required to address the current challenges. He also stated that the Nigerian Navy is engaged in various operations to curtail myriads of security challenges including piracy, anti-crude oil theft, banditry, kidnapping and the insurgency in the North East. He therefore reminded the graduands that they would be required to partake in addressing these challenges based on their training. The special guest of honour commended the erstwhile Commandant of the College Rear Admiral AO Ayobanjo and the College community for upholding the core values of the Nigerian Navy which is teamwork, integrity and professionalism.
Some pictures of the graduation ceremony are shown below.