Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) and Departments-www.nda.edu.ng
The Nigerian Defense Department (NDA) was established on 5 February 1964 in response to the defence needs of independent Nigeria to train officers for the Armed Forces of Nigeria. Before then, the institution was known as the Royal Military Forces Training College (RMFTC). After independence in 1960, it became known as the Nigerian Military Training College.
The role of the Academy is to provide each officer cadet with knowledge, skills and values necessary to meet the requirements of a military officer through military, academic and character development. In essence, the NDA is an institution where selected young able-bodied men and women are groomed into well educated, courageous, virile and subordinate intelligence.
The vision of the NDA is to produce officers with broad-based training in both military and academic subjects designed to serve as a foundation for the future progressive development of officers of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
The mission of NDA is to provide each officer cadet with the knowledge, skills and values necessary to meet the requirements of a military officer through military, academic and character development.
This is the administrative hub of NDA. It is headed by the Commandant who is responsible for the NDA Council chaired by the Minister of Defense. The present Commandant of NDA is Major General A Oyebade.
The Deputy Commandant assists the Commandant in the implementation of general policies and training. AVM SO Ntukogu is the current Deputy Commandant and Director of Studies. The Adjutant, Assistant Adjutant and Academy RSM are also part of the headquarters.
NDA plays an important role in the national life of Nigeria and its goals and aspirations have continued to blossom. The academy has successfully moved to its permanent site where work is on going to complete the rest of Phase 1 and 2 projects. When the construction is complete, it will mark a milestone in the history of NDA in particular and Nigeria in general. By 2014, NDA will celebrate its Golden Jubilee anniversary, marking 50 years of its establishment.
This event will symbolize the attainment of a prestigious status such as those attained by academies such as Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, UK, West Point USA and National Defense Academy, India that have not only celebrated such milestones but have progressed tremendously.