Passing Out Parade: Attendance Strictly Restricted, Says NDA

Ahead of the October 10 Passing Out Parade (POP) for cadets of 67 Regular Course and Army cadets of Short Service Course 46, the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has warned that entry for the event will be highly restricted to only those with valid invitation, after they have been duly screened.

This was revealed at a press conference which was held Friday at the NDA Headquarters, Afaka. The conference intimated the press on vital information about the upcoming events as well as highlight key activities leading up to the passing out parade.

Briefing the press, Deputy Commandant who is the Chairman Organsing Committee, Air Vice Marshal Ibrahim Takwan Ali noted that the strict entry procedures were in compliance with National protocols and guidelines on flattening the curve of Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria. He emphasized that the restrictions would be strictly enforced during the event, noting that only one invitation each would be issued to the passing out cadets. He added that guests would be expected to come along with face masks and hand sanitizers among other measures.

AVM Ali assured members of the public that NDA has made provisions for the proceedings of the POP to be stream live on Nigerian Television Authority and NDA social media channels. He therefore advised families and well wishers of the passing out cadets including members of the public to use the opportunity of watching the parade live at home.

He further disclosed that the POP which will see a total of 287 cadets of 67RC and 492 cadets of SSC 46 pass out from the Academy, will have the honour of having the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, grace the event as the Reviewing Officer. He therefore called for the cooperation of the general public to ensure that the event proceeds without any hitches.

The Deputy Commandant further disclosed other events marking the passing out parade include, Regimental Dinner Night, Beating of Retreat and prize giving as well as Commandant luncheon in honour of the passing out cadets. Others are Friday prayers and Sunday interdenomination services for both muslim and christian cadets respectively.