The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has matriculated 471 Cadets into various degree programmes with a call that they live a life of integrity and hard work.
On Thursday 22nd of November, the NDA matriculation ceremony held at the Academy Auditorium, Afaja, Kaduna State.
At the ceremony, Brig. Gen. George Pedro (retired) congratulated the new cadets, telling them they made a great decision to join the School.
A statement made by Major Abubakar Abdullahi, NDA Public Relations Officer, quoted Pedro as reminding the cadets that the choice the made requires zeal and enthusiasm to make it to the Zenith.
Brig. Gen. Pedro employed them to be undiscouraged by the challenges they may face in the course of pursuing their chosen career and to bear in mind that “becoming an officer is not just a means to an end but an end in itself”.
The Commandant Nigeria Defence Academy, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, in his inaugural lecture, tasked the matriculating cadets to be focused and steadfast as they begin their journey in the Academy.
Oyebade said: “Looking at the peculiarity of the Academy as a military university which combines both military and academics training, the task ahead is tough”.
He encouraged them to strive harder on their journey with perseverance and determination, as only those who have the mentioned qualities would rise to the peak of their career.
In comparison to other professions, the commandant explained that the military was special and more demanding as it is the only profession that requires an individual to lay his life down for the peace and unity of his country, in the spirit of true patriotism
The commandant urged the parents and guardians of the cadet to aid them with prayers and word of encouragements to enable them to face the challenges that come with the training
He assured them of the well-being of their children while undergoing training, saying the Academy is equipped with world-class facilities and serene environment to cater to its cadets’ needs.
The matriculated cadets are members of 70 Regular Course gathered at the NDA three months ago.