The Acting Chief of Training, Nigerian Army, Major General Abubakar Sadiq Ndalolo, has advised the participants of the Nigerian Army (NA) Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) Course 2/2021 that the critical requirement for success in the Information and Communication Technology world is the mastery, practice and continuous update of and on what they have learnt during the course.
He stated this during the graduation ceremony of the six weeks NA (IC3) Course 2/2021 at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), Abuja.
Major General Ndalolo, represented by his Deputy, Brigadier General Aminu Chinade, said that he was delighted to be among the participants for their graduation ceremony. “I was reliably informed that you had all maximised the six weeks of the Course to better yourself. I am also aware that you have displayed a high degree of commitment, enthusiasm and discipline. I am therefore convinced that you have all benefited immensely from the course”, he said.
He further said that the approval for NARC to conduct the Digital Literacy Internet and Computing Core Certification Course for Nigerian Army personnel was premised on the observation that many personnel nominated for courses and other military engagements in and outside the country find it difficult to cope with the rigours of such activities particularly when they require computer literacy. This is part of the overall efforts of actualising the Chief of Army Staff ( COAS) Vision which is to have “A Professional Nigerian Army Ready to Accomplish Assigned Mission within a Joint Environment in Defence of Nigeria”.
Earlier, the Director General, Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Major General Garba Ayodeji Wahab (Rtd), who was represented by the Director of Information and Communications Technology NARC, Brigadier General Joseph Lawoyin, expressed his satisfaction with the conduct and performance of the participants throughout the Course.
He, however, urged the participants to be worthy ambassadors of the Centre and to make the Centre proud by exhibiting the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the course.
In the same vein, the course highlight, as presented by the Staff Officer Grade 11 (SO2) Training NARC, Major Olatunji Anifowoshe, explained that the course aimed to produce certified computer literate personnel for the Nigerian Army and to bridge the gap hitherto observed by Army Headquarters in personnel nominated for studies overseas. It also highlighted the need to empower the NA personnel for relevance in the ever-evolving digital and technology-dominated world and empower them to operate efficiently in a digital work environment independently.
The course had in attendance 30 personnel, which comprised of 8 officers and 22 soldiers.
In a vote of thanks, Major Felicia Daniel, on behalf of other participants, expressed delight in the skills and knowledge acquired during the course. She said the training had broadened their understanding of basic computing, computer operating system and file management.
She also stressed that they are now better equipped with word processing techniques, spreadsheet presentation and database applications, amongst others. Felicia, however, assured that the knowledge gained will be utilised for the betterment of their units and formations.
The high point of the ceremony was the presentation of certificates to the participants by the Special Guest of Honour.
By L/Cpl Austin Nwoba