A total of 23 naval officers on Monday in Lagos commenced a four-week Command Level course on the effective management of ship and naval establishments.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that participants in the course, organised by Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC) of the Nigerian Navy, is being attended by officers between the ranks of captain and commander.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Commandant, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Quorra, Commodore Francis Isaac, said that the maiden course was aimed at improving the quality of command afloat and ashore.
“The course is designed to assist the naval headquarters in determining the suitability of nominated officers for independent command level appointments afloat and ashore.
“Also, it would equip participants with adequate knowledge required for management of a ship or establishment,’’ Isaac said.
According to the commandant, the course is to standardise the selection process of officers of the rank of commander and captains for command responsibilities afloat and ashore.
Also speaking, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), NAVTRAC, Rear Adm. Ifeola Mohammed, said that the navy needed a well-trained naval personnel with the confidence and attributes to defend the territorial integrity of the country.
“The purpose of the training basically is to develop the requisite leadership attribute for the commanders at the various strata so that they are able to deliver to the people of Nigeria the service that we need,“ said the FOC.
Present at the inauguration were the FOC, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Fergusson Bobai, Rear Adm. A. Osinowo and the Commander NNS BEECROFT, Commodore Abraham Adaji.