By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Tthe Nigerian Army’s Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Center (MLAILPKC) has received a boost with a donation of $329,000 from the Government of Japan for fight against terrorism and protection of citizens from rampaging bandits attacks.
The fund according to the Japanese envoy in Nigeria will be used in updating of the centre’s curricula on counter-terrorism, protection of civilians and prevention of irregular migration among others.
The Japanese Ambassador, Mr. Yutaka Kikuta said the Japanese government in partnership with United Nation Development Fund, (UNDP) support the center with money, following its achievements in fight against terrorism and peace support operations.
He noted that, adequate security is key to development of a nation, Kikuta said the “upsurge of criminality and violence, like Boko Haram insurgency has increased the necessity to build and strengthen the capacity of military and para-military forces in protection of civilians, local communities.” T
he Ambassador who was represented by Mr. Mathew Alao said the peace keeping center plays essential role in delivering realistic training to provide the much needed capacity and expertise in leadership and peace support operation.
Meanwhile, in his address, Commandant of the Center, Maj. General Abubakar Tarfa said the center has over a long period enjoyed cordial relationship and assistance from the Japanese government.
According to the commandant, “it might interest you to know that this laudable partnership has resulted in the training of over 500 beneficiaries in the courses listed above.