Why students of Military schools be admitted into NDA, by Reps

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The House of Representatives said on Wednesday, May 15, that students who passed out of military-related secondary schools across the country should be given the right of first refusal for admission into the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA).

Although some members felt that the House should not interfere in the recruitment process of the Academy, the House resolved that the training already received by the students should not be allowed to waste.

In a resolution following a motion of urgent public importance, the House directed its committee on defence to interface with relevant agencies concerned in this regard.

Moving the motion, Emeka Idu Godwin (LP, Anambra) said the objective behind the estate of the Nigeria Military School in Zaria, Air Force Military School Jos, the Air Force Girls Military School Jos, and the Nigerian Navy Military School, Ikot Neuen, was the production of middle commissioned officers.

He said that these military schools admit boys and girls from the age of 12, mould them into disciplined and loyal elements of the Armed Forces of Nigeria through several techniques, including physical training, and training on field crafts. Weapon handling, tactics, map reading, signals, and other military subjects.

According to him, the ambition of most graduates of military schools is to join the Nigerian Defense Academy and make a career as commissioned officers in the Nigerian Armed Forces, adding that many of these diligent and well-prepared graduates face substantial challenges in gaining admission into the Nigeria Defence Academy, a critical next step in their career paths, hence the need for a more inclusive and equitable admission process.

He said further that despite their exposure to regimental training at the Military Schools, statistics show that in the last decade. Only about 4.1% of the total annual admissions into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) have gone to the Military Schools’ applicants in their first or second attempts.

He said with the increased insecurity across Nigeria, such well-trained young men/women left frustrated could be a handy tool at the disposal of criminal gangs.

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