Training Together Engenders Understanding and Enhances Effectiveness – Gen Daouda Niang
The Inspector General of the Senegalese Armed Forces, Maj Gen Elhadji Daouda Niang, has stated that when different elements of the Armed Forces train together it creates understanding among them and makes them more effective at executing their various tasks.
Maj Gen Daouda Niang made this known today when he led a team of Senegalese Armed Forces officials on a visit to the Nigerian Defence Academy Headquarters (NDA), Afaka.
The Senegalese Defence Chief disclosed that his decision to visit NDA was based on his conviction that the institution is the home of Nigerian military officers, noting that his country could tap from the vast experience of the Nigerian Defence Academy in the training of highly skilled and professional officers for the Armed Forces. General Niang, who praised the existing synergy among the different Services in the Nigerian Armed Forces, indicated that this makes operations easier.
He also expressed hope that his visit to NDA would further strengthen existing Defence cooperation within the region, maintaining that the need for such cooperation could not be overemphasised considering current security challenges bedevilng the region.
In his remarks, the Commandant NDA, Maj Gen Sagir Yaro, expressed delight with the visit of the Senegalese Defence Chief to NDA. He acquainted his guest with the achievements of the Academy and outlined key training activities of the institution.
General Yaro, who disclosed that the Senegalese Defence team’s visit to NDA was timely because the Academy is on the verge of rounding off the 2020/2021 training year and commencing the process of admitting fresh cadets, encouraged Maj Gen Niang to consider taking advantage of the opportunity to bring in Senegalese citizens for officer cadet training in NDA, if the Senegalese government so desires.
Maj Gen Elhadji Niang’s visit to NDA forms part his visit to Nigeria to strengthen bilateral military cooperation between Nigeria and Senegal. He had previously visited key figures in the Nigerian Defence sector, including the Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd) and Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji.
High point of the visit include inspection of quarter guard, exchange of souvenirs and a group photograph. Sir, attached are some of the pictures of the event.