The Nigerian Army College of Logistics and Management (NACOLM) in conjunction with the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) has trained personnel on peace support operations to end conflict and other security challenges in the West Africa sub-region.
In his remarks at the training which took place in Lagos, the Commandant of NACOLM Major General Adekunle Adeyinka, said the participants were positively engaged on the operating procedures for streamlining and standardizing the provision of logistics support in ECOWAS Peace Support Operations (PSOs).
According to him, “the success of Peace Support Operations (PSOs) has been measured using circumstances such as improvement in the status quo, the accomplishment of the mandate and the end of conflict among other benchmarks.”
General Adeyinka said he is confident that the participants have acquired the requisite skills needed to design and execute effective support plans for the deployment and sustainment of all components in a PSO.
He commended the resource persons for their commitment, dedication and immense contribution which has culminated in the success of the training.
In his remarks, the Special Guest of Honour and the Corps Commander Supply and Transport (CCST), Maj.- Gen. Erema Akerejola, stated that the conduct of PSOs are meant to stabilize conflict zones, separate warring parties, protect civilians and assist in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants.
General Akerejola noted that the PSOs are also to support the organization of elections, protect and promote human rights and assist in restoring the rule of law.
He added that over the years, it has been realized that the successful attainment of the mandate of most PSOs is essentially predicated on the quality of logistics support available to that mission.
Speaking earlier, the representative of Director of Peacekeeping and Regional Security of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr Danjuma Aku, stated that the training had in attendance participants from the military, police and civilian components.
He stressed that the training was to prepare them to function effectively in operational positions not only within a PSOs mission but also when they are back to their respective countries.
He therefore urged the graduates to apply the knowledge they have garnered over the past few days to make a difference in their various work environments.