NIGERIAN DEFENCE ACADEMY DELEGATION PAYS A BENCHMARKING VISIT TO THE POLICE ACADEMY

NIGERIAN DEFENCE ACADEMY DELEGATION PAYS A BENCHMARKING VISIT TO THE POLICE ACADEMY

On Fri 31 May 24, the Comdt NDA, Maj Gen JO Ochai, led a delegation to the Nigerian Police Academy (POLAC), Wudil, Kano State to forge a relationship and establish key training benchmarks. The NDA delegation included the DMT, CBC, DICT, Academy Adjt, and COs of NDA ST Bn and Bur Bn. Others were the Mess Manager, ADC-Comdt, and Benchmarking Officer 2.

The visit aimed to explore collaboration areas that could benefit the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) and Nigerian Police Force (NPF). It was thus deemed vital to explore joint training and academics collaboration, considering the military’s increasing role in internal security, traditionally the police’s domain. Such collaboration, the Comdt envisaged, would build lasting relationships among future leaders of both the AFN and NPF.

Maj Gen Ochai explained that, despite differing mandates, both institutions share common interests. For instance, he mentioned Ex CAMP KURA, which entails internal security training, supported by the NPF and other security agencies. Thus, he envisioned that joint participation of NDA and POLAC cadets in such exercises would benefit cadets’ assimilation and relationship building, which could result in enhanced synergy between the AFN and NPF going forward. Maj Gen Ochai proposed cooperation through linkages and collaboration, joint seminars, exchange programs, and sporting/social activities.

Comdt POLAC, AIG Sadiq, expressed gratitude for the visit, the first since POLAC’s establishment in March 1998. He noted its significance for POLAC’s development, especially in collaboration areas highlighted by Maj Gen Ochai. He acknowledged NDA’s help in establishing POLAC’s Engineering Department and called for further collaboration in equitation, postgraduate school establishment and cadet training. He recommended appointing desk officers in both institutions to facilitate benchmarking efforts.

After a tour round POLAC’s facilities, the visit concluded with exchange of souvenirs.