The Nigerian Defence Academy, (NDA), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and entered into collaboration with the Umaru Shinkafi Centre for Africa Extractive Policy Research (USCAEPR), with the aim of starting a Masterâ€™s Degree programme in Energy Security Management at the NDA Postgraduate School. Essentially, the MOU is aimed at establishing a mutually beneficial co-operation in respect of collaboration towards research and training in national security, upstream petroleum, mining and renewable energy taxation, and fiscal valuation and contract management aspects of energy security in Africa, towards the award of a Mastersâ€™ Degree on Energy Security Management (MESM).
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Commandant NDA, Maj Gen MT Ibrahim (L), and DG Umaru Shinkafi Centre for Africa Extractive Policy Research, Dr Perisuo Dema (R), exchange handshake after their institutions signed an MOU
The MOU which was signed on behalf of the NDA by the NDA Commandant, Major General MT Ibrahim and Dr Perisuo Dema, on behalf of the Centre, at the Academy Headquarters, recently, among other things, seeks for both parties to conduct collaborative research and training to would- be scholars of the programme, with the NDA championing the cause of obtaining approval for the programme from the National Universities Commission.
At the signing ceremony, Perisuo Dema thanked the NDA authorities for obliging the Umaru Shinkafi Centre for Extrative Policy Research and agreeing to collaborate with the centre, noting that the MOU serves as a springboard to the centre in its quest to improve knowledge on energy acquisition, demand and distribution across the African continent.
In his remarks, the NDA Commandant, Major General MT Ibrahim, stated that collaborations like this widen the scope and horizon of knowledge for the collaborating bodies as well as the benefitting students of such academic exercises, which is something the NDA stands for.
Commandant NDA, Maj Gen MT Ibrahim, making some remarks during the signing of MOU between NDA and USCAEPR
While thanking the Centre for deeming the NDA fit for its noble cause of imparting knowledge to the public, Major General MT Ibrahim reaffirmed the NDAâ€™s commitment to play its part in the collaboration to the letter.
The MOU signing was witnessed by Directors of the Academy and Senior Officials of the Umaru Shinkafi Centre for Extractive Policy Research.
Group photograph by NDA Principal Staff Officers and delegates from Umaru Shinkafi Centre for Africa Extractive Policy Research after the signing of an MOU