Geingob inaugurates military college

21 October 2019 | Local News

President Hage Geingob last week officially inaugurated the Namibia Command and Staff College in Okahandja, which is the highest military training institution in the country.

The construction of the college was aided by the Chinese government and it was completed in 2016.

It will reduce the backlog of untrained officers in the defence force.

Geingob said the establishment of the college marks another significant milestone in the history of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF).

“This is proof that government is committed to the development of world-class training institutions in our country.” He said the purpose of the college is to provide full knowledge of tactical and operational warfare, both at command and staff level.

“In the military, as in any profession, training is an indispensable component of a successful organisation,” the head of state said.

He said the establishment of the college is therefore crucial, as it advances military service education to prepare officers for command and staff responsibilities, so they are able to serve in strategic and operational headquarters. Geingob said the college will ensure that Namibian officers remain on par with their peers at regional, continental and international level.

He said it will also enhance the capacity to train officers based on the Namibian military doctrine.

He said the college should ensure that the training is tailored towards providing the officers with the necessary knowledge and skills, in order to gear the NDF to protect a prosperous and united nation.

“Although the college is still in its infancy stage, I hope that its existence will contribute to cost-cutting in terms of training expenditure. Once fully operational, this institution may benefit our sister countries in the region and beyond.”

Geingob expressed appreciation to Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, where NDF officers have received training opportunities over the years. The construction of the college started in 2009. It has since conducted 13 junior staff courses from which 204 NDF officers graduated. In August this year, the college introduced a senior command and staff course, and officers are expected to graduate in June 2020.

ELLANIE SMIT

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