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Bashir assumes office as NDC Commandant

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Bashir assumes office as NDC Commandant

The new Commander of the National Defense College (NDC), Rear Admiral Murtala Bashir, took office on Thursday as the institution’s 19th commander.

Until his appointment as Commander of NDC, Bashir was Commander of the Naval War College, Nigeria (NWCN).

He replaced the former commander, Rear Admiral Oladele Daji, after his retirement from active duty.

As he handed over Bashir, Daji congratulated him and described the appointment as well deserved.

Daji said the new commander’s familiarity with the university as a faculty member and senior staff at different times had put him in an advantageous position to take NDC to a greater height.

He said that his stay at the university for the past nine months had been exciting, adding that being the commander of NDC had been the most fulfilling part of his career as a naval officer.

According to him, all the achievements recorded so far in the last nine months in terms of capacity building and infrastructure improvement were the result of teamwork and collective efforts of all staff.

Daji, however, thanked the management team and staff for their support during his tenure and urged them to extend the same to his successor.

While wishing Bashir a successful term, he expressed confidence that the new commander had the tenacity and intellect to surpass his own achievements.

“I want to wish him a very rewarding and successful tenure.

“There could certainly be challenges along the way, but I think you have the ability, the intellect and the compartment to meet those challenges like we ride the waves,” he said.

In his response, the new commander pledged to improve upon the existing achievements of the college with a view to taking it to a greater height.

He pledged to work to update the college’s mandate.

Bashir promised to groom and prepare senior military officers and their contemporaries in the paramilitaries and MDA for greater responsibilities at the operational and strategic levels.

He said college entrants needed to be equipped with the necessary knowledge, skill and attitude to handle jobs at those levels.

According to him, it is even more so now that we face many challenges in the country, in terms of security, economy and infrastructure.

“I am aware of the responsibilities that this appointment entails and I want to assure everyone that I am going to give my best, apply myself and start working.

“I must congratulate the former commander, Daji, for the tremendous value he added to the university, as an administrator par excellence.

“I want to assure you that I will continue to add value to the collage and pick up where you left off.

“To members of the university community, faculty members and directors, it is a homecoming for me.

“I want to state with conviction that I am here to serve and I am going to carry out an open and transparent administration.

“We are all important and I am open to suggestions, opinions and ideas because a leader is not a teacher,” he said.

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