Capacity-building a necessity: Brigadier-General Siluzungila

OKAHANDJA: Capacity-building programmes with regards to the training of Namibian Defence Force (NDF) personnel should be prioritised.

This was the view of the outgoing Commandant of the Military School, Brigadier-General Frederick Siluzungila in his farewell speech during the handing-over of the school’s command to Colonel Wilbard Shikongo at the Osona Military Base near Okahandja in the Otjozondjupa Region on Tuesday.

Brigadier-General Siluzungila, who had been at the helm of the Military School for three years since 18 April 2011, has been promoted to the position of Deputy Army Commander at the Grootfontein Army Headquarters.

“It is my humble appeal to the high command of the Force that capacity-building programmes with regard to training be prioritised and introduced to develop human resources in line with training standards, and that we have officers with the best managerial and command abilities to run this institution,” he noted.

Siluzungila pointed out that although the Military School has experienced excellent developments and notable achievements in its operations, it was characterised by drawbacks.

He indicated that no matter how well-planned projects or plans were, they stand a chance to fail if resources were hard to come by, and those projects are carried forward to the next financial year.

Brigadier-General Siluzungila outlined some of the notable achievements of the institution during his time in office, like the harmonisation of training programmes by the NDF, in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Military Training and South African National Defence Force (SANDF) instructors.

The automotive workshop was also accredited, while the accreditation of the Military School in line with the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) and National Qualifications’ Framework (NQF) is in the process with the help of the Polytechnic of Namibia.

Siluzungila enthused that the post-graduate diploma for instructors tackled through the Polytechnic of Namibia is likewise progressing well.

“I should mention proudly here today that the vision, mission and main objectives of the Centre of Excellence are clearly set, established and operational and guide this institution,” the Brigadier-General noted.

Tuesday’s handing-over event was also attended by Okahandja Constituency Councillor Steve Biko Booys and several army generals.