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NDA 38th Regular Course marks 35th anniversary, members share experiences



NDA 38th Regular Course marks 35th anniversary, members share experiences

By Sumaila Ogbaje

Members of the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA) Regular Course 38 on Saturday evening converged on Abuja nostalgically to celebrate 35 years of military careers.

They also shared their experiences with each other.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that the anniversary celebration began on Friday, with Juma’at prayers followed by the activities of the Unique 38RC Ladies, the election of a new ruler and a dinner. birthday Saturday.

At dinner, the army chief of staff, the lieutenant-general. Faruk Yahaya, who was the special guest of honor, congratulated the members of the 38th RC for their contribution to the advancement of the armed forces.

Yahaya, represented by the Chief of Logistics (Army), Major General. Omotomilola Akintade, said it was necessary to celebrate the 35th anniversary given the exploits of members of the country’s armed forces.

He said members currently occupy strategic positions in all three services, adding that a good number of main staff officers, corps commanders and commanders, among others, are from the 38th RC.

Yahaya said the course members were crucial to the ongoing military operations across the country, urging them to continue to do their best in service to the nation.

He commended the wives of senior officers for always being there to support and encourage their husbands to be able to carry out their responsibilities effectively.

According to him, there are quite a few two-star generals from the three services who are members of this course and in the military alone there are quite a few.

“Among the main staff officers of the army headquarters, the head of operations, the head of transformation and innovation, the head of standards and evaluation, the head of accounts and budget and the head of administration are all members of the 38th RC.

“We also have many two-star generals in the Navy and Air Force, so the association has every reason to thank God for spending 35 years of growing service.

“You all entered the academy in 1986, your wives weren’t there, but today you have beautiful wives and beautiful children.

“There are also some of you who have left whose widows are here,” he said.

The newly elected president of the 38th RC, Major-General. Solomon Uduonwa, said the event was organized to remember and reflect on how far we have come.

Uduonwa said none of the officers had anything to boast about 35 years ago when they started at the academy, adding that they all now have wives and children and have so much to thanks God.

He congratulated his predecessor for the sacrifice he made to be the pioneer of the association and made it a great association, pledging to build on progress and do better.

“We will pick up where you left off and collectively build an association of which we will be proud.

“I took another look at our constitution and there are two main purposes there, fostering unity and ensuring the well-being of our members, everything else is extra. We will pursue this vigorously.

“Inclusion is going to be our mantra through consultation and dialogue and we will work together to build this association beyond our lifespan.

“We want this to be a legacy our children can inherit and say our parents proudly served this country and today we are enjoying the benefits of their sacrifice.

“The well-being of our members is paramount and I have already stated that I will send people to reach out to those who we already know need our help,” he said.

The outgoing president of the 38th RC, Major-General. Bolaji Salami, said the association has been able to raise around 50 million naira to support its members and the families of the deceased.

He tasked the association’s new leadership to ensure it reaches greater heights, adding that an association is only as strong as the people who make it up.

Salami said the association deserves a better place in the investment community with greater visibility on the global map, given the great minds that form the members.

He thanked the members for the support given to him during his tenure and urged them to do the same on the new executive committee.

Source: NAN

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