Joint Operations: UK Military, DHQ Train Paramilitary Officers

Joint Operations: UK Military, DHQ Train Paramilitary Officers

In line with government’s renewed determination to improve joint operations of the military and security agencies in Nigeria and the ECOWAS sub-region, the United Kingdom Military Advisory Training Team (MATT) in collaboration with Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Tuesday commenced a joint campaign planning programme for military, paramilitary officers and high operational level staff of Ministries, Departments

In line with government’s renewed determination to improve joint operations of the military and security agencies in Nigeria and the ECOWAS sub-region, the United Kingdom Military Advisory Training Team (MATT) in collaboration with Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Tuesday commenced a joint campaign planning programme for military, paramilitary officers and high operational level staff of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government.
This came amid the federal government’s appeal to police chiefs in West Africa to develop a joint operational strategy to eliminate crime and criminality in the sub-region.
Speaking at the inauguration of the training programme, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin, emphasised the need for more effective collaboration among security agencies in tackling insecurity in the country.
He said the main goal of the Joint Operational Planning Course was to further promote efficiency in joint operations, as participants were expected to gain in-depth knowledge on campaign planning necessary for joint military operations.
At the end of the course, he said, the participants would be well grounded in the integrated concepts of joint operational planning.
Speaking during the inauguration ceremony of the course, the CDS, who was represented by the Director Campaign Planning, DHQ, Major General Benjamin Ahanotu, said the course would address the various lapses witnessed in previous and ongoing joint operations, especially, in counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations.
General Ahanotu added that the participants would gain further insight into the principles and processes of joint operational campaign planning.
He noted further that “tardiness and inadequate cooperation in joint operational campaign planning,” would also be addressed by the participants during the course.
Speaking on the internal security and peace keeping efforts by the Armed Forces, the CDS said joint planning was paramount in the ongoing campaigns, which he described as “asymmetric warfare”.

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