The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya CFR NAM, today 30 May 2023, led a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Army War College Nigeria War Gaming Centre; a state-of-the-art facility aimed at enhancing planning and decision-making at the strategic and operational levels. The event, which held at the College premises located at WU Bassey Barracks, Asokoro in Abuja, marked a significant milestone in the Army’s efforts to bolster its professional training and operational readiness.
In his remarks, the COAS who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event, expressed his vision for the War Gaming Centre and its importance in the Army’s overall modernization efforts. He emphasized the need for cutting-edge training facilities that would equip officers with the necessary skills and competencies to navigate evolving security challenges.
The War Gaming Centre, an integral part of the Army War College Nigeria , will serve as a hub for simulating military operations, conducting strategic exercises, and refining analysing the operating environment. Equipped with advanced technology and simulation systems, the centre will provide a realistic and immersive training environment for participants, enabling them to analyze complex scenarios, develop effective battle plans, and enhance their leadership skills.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Commandant Army War College Nigeria (AWCN) Major General Bamidele Alabi said the wargaming centre will be a crucial asset in the pursuit of the Colleges’ operational excellence. By providing a platform for virtual exercises and strategic simulations, the College can enhance decision-making processes and ensure that the participants are well-prepared to face the complexities of modern warfare. The wargaming centre is expected to be commissioned before the Graduation of AWCN Course 7/2023 in October. The Commandant also appreciated the COAS for providing resources and speedy commencement of the project.
Additionally, the COAS commissioned other completed projects in the College which include elevators/lifts, electronic billboards, interactive screens for lecture halls and syndicate rooms. He also toured ongoing projects which include the cladding of AWCN Complex and renovation of the participants’ quarters, amongst others.
The establishment of the Army War College Nigeria War Gaming Centre reflects the Army’s commitment to enhancing its professional development programs and maintaining a high level of operational readiness. The groundbreaking ceremony marked a significant step forward in the Nigerian Army’s pursuit of excellence, and the War Gaming Centre is poised to become a vital asset in shaping the future leaders of the Army and enhancing the nation’s overall security architecture.