Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) Weekly Subject Experts’ Presentation was held at Hall C, TY Buratai Block, Abuja. There were three presentations made by the Subject Experts on West Africa and Gulf of Guinea, Central America and Eastern Europe.
The first presentation by Maj Gen OO Adeleke (Rtd) subject expert on West Africa and Gulf of Guinea, discussed CFA france monetary colonialism” and revolutionary Governments in the Sahel aspire to a free currency.
In his analysis and lesson for Nigeria, Gen OO Adeleke (Rtd) pointed out that Nigeria need to use its position to encourage leaders in the subregion to commit to building resilient policy and institutional frameworks that can create positive benefit-risk trade-offs, which could boost the economic well-being and prosperity of ECOWAS countries.
He recommended that the Federal Government of Nigeria should use its position to pressure ECOWAS to hasten the initiative for the development of a unified currency and they should encourage ECOWAS to take urgent steps to focus on the macroeconomic performance and convergence goals of the member states towards ensuring the feasibility of the 2027 new launch date for the eco currency.
Also second presentation by Brig Gen ED Idimah Subject Experts on Central America, Centred on Nicaraguan teacher in Costa Rica teaches Miskito children in their native language, The Miskito children understand little Spanish and struggled to read, write, and speak it. This initiative aims to preserve the Miskito language and help the children in their education. The classes are offered as a complementary subject, and the teaching is done through oral and written methods.
In his analysis and lesson for Nigeria, General Idimah noted that, it highlights the importance of preserving native languages, supporting refugee and migrant populations, promoting intercultural education, and encouraging parental involvement in education and neglecting the education and integration of marginalized children can have implications for national security, including social exclusion, disruptive youth, inequality and division, and economic impact.
He recommended that FGN through the Federal Ministry of Education (FMoE) should ensure that children from all backgrounds have quality education and also address challenges such as language barriers affecting educationally disadvantaged populations in Nigerian and invest in training programs for Teachers to equip them with the necessary skills to support marginalized students and effectively establish monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to track progress in addressing the educational needs of marginalized populations.
While the third presentation was made by Brig Gen AK Egwuagu (Rtd) subject expert on Eastern Europe. His presentation focused on how MIG-31S of Russia crippled Ukrainian production of 155, 152 and 125mm Shells.
In his analysis and Lessons for Nigeria, Gen AK Egwuagu noted that Just last month, the Russian Air Force attacked and destroyed key Ukrainian military targets including 155mm and 152mm artillery rounds and drone workshops with their Mig 31 fighter aircrafts. While Ukrainian Armed Forces were reported to have knocked down a Russian airborne early warning and control A-50 aircraft as well as an II-22M11, in retaliation as the war continues.
He recommended that The FGN and Ministry of Defence should review the deployment of military assets nationwide towards reducing unnecessary concentration and ensuring decentralization to cater for the security needs of the entire country as well as guaranteeing enough reserves at all times and should provide adequate budgetary provisions for DICON and expand it towards locally producing the bulk of the country’s defence needs to avoid Nigeria being over-dependent on other countries.