The Commandant, Nigeria Military School (NMS), Zaria Brigadier General Mukhtar Bunza has said that the Nigerian Military School (NMS) is a national asset and a hub for national cohesion.
He made the disclosure at a maiden edition of Commandant’s Award Night held at the school in Zaria, Kaduna State.
He said: “We are always challenged by the outstanding contributions the school had made in terms of human capacity development”.
“The ex-boys have made tremendous contributions at national and international levels both within and outside the military circle.
“This has been our benchmark to ensure that all boys that passed out here present themselves as men of honour and integrity.
“The likes ex-boy Gen. Tunde Idiagbon of blessed memories, our Special Guest of Honour for today’s occasion, ex-boy Maj-Gen. L P Ngubani and ex-boy Gen. A G Olanishakin, the Chief of Defense Staff among many others,” he noted.
The commandant appreciated the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai and his subordinates for their untiring support and counsel to facilitate training in NMS.
He noted that last year, the 151 boys that passed out from NMS were enlisted into Nigerian Army as soldiers, while about 20 of them have passed and attended the Nigerian Defense Academy interview.
Gen Bunza added that a good number of them had also gained admission into various universities to further their education in various fields.
“This year, 149 of the 170 boys that were screened and certified medically fit and have acquired all the required skills both in academics and military training to be enlisted into the Nigerian Army as soldiers.
“17 of the SS 3 boys and four of the 2017 ex-boys had medical issues and would be presented next year if they are found medically fit,” he said.
In his speech, the Special Guest of Honour, Maj-Gen. L P Ngubani observed that the literacy of the junior military was greatly enhanced by the contributions of the Nigeria Military School.
Ngubani said the award night was deliberately organised to Honour excellence, commitment and dedication, adding that disciples was the path to greatness.
The guest of Honour charged the boys to be loyal, disciplined and committed to both military training and academic pursuit to attain pinnacle in life.