Today’s edition of the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) Weekly Subject Experts’ Presentation was held at Hall C, TY Buratai Block NARC, Abuja. There were four presentations made by the Subject Experts covering Central America, Nigeria, Indian Sub-Continent and Western Europe.
The first presentation was delivered by Maj Gen AB Adamu Subject Expert for Central America. He focused on a report about Honduras seeking international help to fight corruptions. According to the report he said, politicians and public officials in Honduras use their positions to steal money from the state and offer political favour in hiring. He added that politicians have abused the law of the land which negatively affected those who rely on government establishments. He also note that police choose to protect the interest of public officials rather than the public.
He stated that in 2023, Transparency International ranked Honduras among the world’s most corrupt countries at 147 out of 180.
In his analysis on the impact and implications on National security, General Ibrahim stated that corruptionhas harmed Nigeria National security where he acknowledged that it caused poverty and unemployment and also limit access to positve opportunities by diverting the energy of some youth to crime, deviance and violence which he said is a serious threat to the existing peace of a country.
The second presentation was made by Brig Gen MF Babayo Subject Expert for Nigeria. The senior officer focused on a report about International Labour Organisation (ILO) efforts to reduce child labour in Nigeria. He said the ILO and the UN have set up International laws to prevent child labour where Nigeria signed and ratified. He however noted that inspite of the existence of the International and domestic laws, child labour exist in the country.
Gen Babayo further said among the causes of child labour in Nigeria include poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, cultural practices, howking amongst others. He therfore suggested that Federal and State governments, NGOs, Human Rights Commission and stakeholders to joint hands in protecting children from economic exploitation and dangerous works.
The third presentation was made by Brig Gen OD Donibo. He dwelled on a report that says ” US ready to jointly develop hybrid Air defence system with India”. He stated stated that US is making plans to expand military and technology ties with India, noting that Baden administration appears to concede that India will refraim from buying Russian equipment only if a similar or better system is an offer to India. He noted that US wishes to use India to checkmate China in the Indo- Pacific.
While making analysis on Nigerian, Gen Donibo acknowledged that Nigerian military is one of the largest uniformed combat forces in Africa after been ranked as 4th and 36th in Africa and globally respectively. He therefore recommended that AFN should consider modernising to effectively operate in the modern and dynamic battlespace. He further recommended that AFN should adopt and pursue an active R&D and revised engineering policy for all services amongst others recommendations.
The final presentation was made by Maj Gen GB Audu subject expert for Western Europe. His presentation covered the report about Greece train crash after head on collision that killed at least 42. He said the report has it that Greek authorities arrested a train station master after a passenger and a freight train collided that killed 42 people and injured al least 85 people.
During his analysis and lesson for Nigeria, Gen Audu said Nigeria has also had its fair share of emergencies and disasters with the most recent being the train crash in Lagos state. He noted that in some instances national response to emergencies have been swift and decisive. He however said in some instances it may be argued that the government response further eroded confidence of citizens and also give some room for anarchy.
Present at the briefing were the ED Consult, Director of Research, Senior Research Fellows, Research Fellows, Consultants and other staff of the Centre.