least a total number of 26 participants from the Nigeria Armed Forces Command
and Staff College (NAFCSC) from Jaji, Nigeria, are currently on a weeklong
Regional Study tour in The Gambia.
The theme of the study tour is: “Agricultural Development and National Security”. The participants are expected to visit the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) Department of Livestock. They will also pay a courtesy call on President Adama Barrow who is the commander in-chief of The Gambia Armed Forces and visit other agricultural sites in the country.
Speaking to our reporter at the Join Services Headquarter in Banjul, the team leader of the participants, Brig. Gen. KO Ogundele, spoke at length on the significance of their tour in The Gambia, while thanking The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) for the warm welcome accorded to their delegation.
“Gambia has been a country that is very close to us in Nigeria and apart from The Gambia, we have seven other countries that the students will be visiting for this tour.”
The tour, Brig. Gen. KO Ogundele added is very significance to the students as it helps them know outside their domain about what obtains in another country and learn and draw lesson for their own countries.
“We have students in Africa and even outside Africa. So when you have people locked up together like that they need to learn from their own experience and also the need for them to go outside and see how things are done in other countries.”
The commander, Gambia National Army, Brig. Gen. Mamat Cham, said that the study tour is part of training the students go through at the end of their senior division course. He explained that they select African countries and sometimes European countries for the students to go out and then choice a theme for their tour.
“They are here to make research on the topic selected for this year study tour in order to see how the development of agriculture affects national security. As you know in our sub-region, there has been lot of illegal migration of our youths going through the ‘backway’ to Europe,” Cham noted.
Brig. Gen. Mamat Cham stated that agriculture is a sector in which if it is developed, it can add lot of value to our socio economic development not only the production of the agricultural crops but also the value addition that it is made in processing them into various forms of products.
“We will be waiting for the outcome of their research in order to see how we can benefit from their findings in order to help the process of developing our agriculture for gainful employment and also sustainable for our people.”