Minister of Defence Edgar Lungu says government will continue to provide adequate support to the Defence Services Command and Staff College in Lusaka.
Mr. Lungu said this is in order to enable the college continue producing quality officers who were capable of meeting emerging security challenges posed by the global environment.
He said government attaches great importance to the activities and academic performance of student officers at the institution as it was the highest institution of military learning for defence forces in the country.
He expressed happiness that the college has over its 19 years of existence successfully produced quality officers who have contributed meaningfully in maintaining peace and stability not only in Zambia but in other countries also.
Mr. Lungu said this in a speech read for him by his deputy Joseph Lungu during the official opening of course 18 of 2015 for student officers from defence forces in the country and allied students from defence forces in the Southern African Development Community (SADC ) region.
The Minister of Defence said the inclusion of student officers from sister defence forces in the course was a clear manifestation of Zambia’s commitment to develop, foster and sustain cooperation among defence forces in the region.
He said in doing this, the country was laying a solid foundation for peace and stability which were essential pre-requisites for the promotion of economic growth.
Mr. Lungu further noted that without peace and stability, it was impossible for a country to develop and prosper.
He also implored the student officers to apply themselves fully in order to meet the challenges and requirements of the course which he said was challenging and required hard work and perseverance.
Speaking earlier, Defence Services Command and Staff College Commandant Henry Nyundu thanked the Ministry of Defence for the tremendous financial and material support rendered to the college.
Brigadier General Nyundu said the financial assistance has enabled the institution to run its programmes smoothly.
He pointed out that the college will endeavour to offer the student officers both military and academic excellency with a view of training them for grade II staff appointments and further assumption of increasing responsibilities in both staff and command appointments.
The college has enrolled 67 student officers for course 18 of 2015 with 50 Zambians from various security wings of the country and 17 allied student officers from nine countries in the SADC region.
The course is intended to produce high calibre grade II staff officers who are supposed to assume high levels of command and staff appointments.