Military Moves To End Interagency Rivalry Through Training

According to him, the school is poised to train officers of the Nigerian Navy, on the importance of interagency collaboration with other security agencies.

Officers at the training


The era of inter-agency rivalry and conflict among sister security agencies may soon become a thing of the past, according to the Commandant of the Nigerian Navy Basic Training School, Onne, Rivers State, Commodore Gideon Kachim. 

The Commandant made this known on Wednesday during an interagency lecture at the Navy’s training facility while playing host to other officials from different sister security agencies on the opening day of the lecture series.

According to him, the school is poised to train officers of the Nigerian Navy, on the importance of interagency collaboration with other security agencies.

With Tuesday being the first day of a one-week-long lecture series involving multiple security agencies, one of the resource persons from the army, Colonel Ishaya Manga, explained the importance of communication across the different command structures.

“The development of interagency curriculum for use in the armed forces and relevant sister agencies will solve the challenges of joint training. The curriculum will ensure that all deployed personnel are adequately skilled, and to integrate their diverse skills and resources in an integrated manner,” he said.

While interacting with journalists, Commander of the 6 Division Garrison, Brigadier General Edet Effiong, explained that while there was not much of a problem with communicating across the different command structures at the upper levels, the same could not said of foot soldiers who were the primary target of the lectures.

“We are human beings and are created to solve problems. The challenge we are talking about is interagency collaborations. This seminar on its own is a step in the right direction. You find out that most times we have challenges in the lower level due to a lack of understanding or ignorance. And that is why we are organising this type of seminar. And I believe if it cascades down, it will go a long way to solve the problem of interagency rivalry. We don’t have challenges or quarrels, it is just misunderstanding. Whether it is military or paramilitary, they are unique in their ways. So seminars like this will make us harness our uniqueness and work together as one, because the environment we work in now is complex, and all hands must be on deck” he said.

Commandant Kachim explained that the different security agencies would have different days during which they would present their lectures, for the benefit of the trainees and the security architecture.

“It is a series of lectures that we have put together for agencies during our duties we normally relate with. The customs, the immigration, the port authorities, civil defence, and of course our sister agencies which are the army and the airforce. That way, whenever they bring their perspectives, and share them with the trainees, they will be better exposed, and have a better understanding of how to relate whenever they meet on the field,” he said.

In attendance at the training were members of the Nigerian Customs Service, the Nigeria Immigration Service, the States Security Service, and the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency.