DISCUSSING NIGERIA’S PARTICIPATION IN PEACE SUPPORT OPERATIONS

The commandant Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre Maj Gen Salihu Zaway Uba
at a seminar organized by the Nigerian Defence Academy school of Post
graduate studies and the pioneer class of Master of Strategic and Security
Administration(MASSA) on Friday 13 September 2013 discussed explicitly on the
theme “Nigeria’s participation in peace support operations: issues and challenges.
The keynote speaker of the occasion was Lt Gen CI Obiakor (RTD) former director
and expert consult UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations,
UN headquarters New York.

Speaking at the occasion, Maj Gen SZ Uba praised Nigeria’s participation in peace support operations. He mentioned that since independence, Nigeria had contributed troops to virtually all peace support operations and is still contributing. Immediately after independence precisely on 7th October 1960, Nigeria sent her first set of troops to Congo for peacekeeping.

Discussing the theme of the seminar, the commandant Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre Maj Gen SZ Uba highlighted to the audience on some issues behind Nigeria’s rationale for troop contribution to the UN. He stressed that despite challenges associated with troop generation for international peacekeeping, Nigeria has played a key role in ensuring peace and security to the international community.

Maj Gen SZ Uba further, pointed out some facts as well as recommendations for Nigeria to continue with its excellence performance in various UN operations. Some of the issues highlighted were anticipation for UN mission support, robust financial support, continued support of troops and equipment, knowledge management decision making and coordination among other things.

The occasion was held at Ejoor Hall, Nigerian Defence Academy and was chaired by his Excellency Alhaji Ramalan Yero, Executive Governor, Kaduna state while the chief host was Maj Gen CO Onmuamaegbu, commandant Nigerian Defence Academy.