By Daniels Nwokike, The Sight News
ABUJA: The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) has kicked off its first ever campaign planning course at the Army Resource Centre in Abuja.
The training which is scheduled to last for five days, will train the selected personnel on the areas of Campaign planning at the Operational and Strategic levels for the AFN.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the training, Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin, said that in line with his vision for the Armed Forces of Nigerian which is, “to ensure a well motivated, trained and equipped Armed Forces that is responsive to National Security commitments”, it became expedient that Nigeria Armed Forces udergo the training package offered by the British Military Advisory Training Team Nigeria (BMATTN).
Olonisakin who was represented by the Director of Training (DHQ), Rear Admiral Dogara Albehu, revealed that the participants of the training course, made up of 30 senior-staff-trained and possibly possesses an equivalence of fellow defence college qualifications, are drawn from different service operational areas, Ministry of Defence, the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDS).
The CDS, said that the course is facilitated by the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) and organised by Directorate of Campaign planning in Collaboration with BMATTN.
“The aim, as provided by BMATTN, is to share strategic processes and how they impact on Operational plan.
“The United Kingdom (UK), has assembled experts in this field for engineering and driving the process and it is my hope that the training will facilitate discussions and debate throughout, to ensure that participants are provided with greater knowledge and understanding of the entire planning process”, he concluded.
Responding to the remarks of the CDS, a representative from BMATTN, Wing Commander Jason Vaughan, said that the training is not only a tool but a powerful tool that can give results if taken full advantage of.
He admonished the participants to take from the course what they need and also to be mindful as the recommendations of the course is not a perfect answer or the exact answer to every situation.
“Please take the best of what works for you and if it doesn’t work for Nigeria, please note, it isn’t that we are trying to give you one way that you can conduct Private, Government, Military and Civilian affairs”, he noted.
During the course of the training, participants are expected to be trained on getting a firm grasp on some of the underlying principles that apply to campaign planning, how to think in terms of problem solving amongst others.