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CDS Bargie extols Gambia-Nigeria military cooperation

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Lieutenant General Ousman Bargie gave the extolment while addressing the visiting delegation of the Nigerian National Defence College who are currently on a week-long study tour of the country.

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The theme of the study tour is, ‘Agriculture and National Development in The Gambia, Lessons for Nigeria’. During their visit, the delegation will amongst other things attend lectures from relevant government institutions, visit relevant sites and a courtesy call on President Yahya Jammeh who is also the Commander-In-Chief of the Gambia Armed Forces.

Addressing the twenty-three-man delegation headed by Air Vice Marshall Kingsley Lar of Nigeria Armed Forces, CDS Bargie said Nigeria was a big brother to The Gambia and has served as a training hub for the Gambia Armed Forces.

He said: “armed forces of The Gambia therefore pray to the Almighty Allah to shower His blessings upon you.  Please let me also seize this opportunity to convey on behalf of the armed forces of The Gambia and on my own behalf, a kind appreciation to your armed forces, the government and the people of your great country for all the priceless assistance rendered by your armed forces and your government to us.”

Lt Gen Bargie added that attaining the highest standards of professionalism for a modern, robust and efficient security forces has been a long standing policy and objective of every government.  

He said capacity building has been a watchword as evident in a series of cooperation in the area of security and training initiatives being undertaken by various armed forces like this and all others.  

Meanwhile, as part of their study tour, the delegation on Tuesday embarked on a sites visit to Vision 2016 food self-sufficiency rice projects at Jahally Pacharr, Kanilai and Farato Farms. They were accompanied by personnel of the Gambia Armed Forces and received by the governor of Central River Region, Omar Khan and the regional agricultural director, Ousman Colley.

The team leader, Air Vice Marshall Kingsley of Nigeria Armed Forces expressed gratitude noting that the purpose of their visit was to see how agricultural activities were being conducted in The Gambia. He added that they would visit twenty countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and America as part of their study tour.

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