The Minister of State for Defence, Dr Muhammad Bello Matawalle MON has commended the triumphant Cadets for winning many medals and trophy in the Sailing games held in China.

While   commending the Cadets, he assured them of the Ministry’s support in future competition.

 The Minister made the commendation and assurance for support when he received the Commandant of Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) and Cadets for their outstanding performance in the sailing competition held in China in his office ,  in Ship House, Abuja.

Matawalle expressed his excitement for the trophies the cadets won, saying that their performance has put Nigeria on the international stage.  He said: ” The trophy is not just for the Military but for the entire country.”

Minister of Defence for State Dr Muhammad Bello Matawalle receiving the trophies won by the Navy cadets in China during the sailing competition from Maj Gen JO Ochai, the Commandant of Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) in Ship House, Abuja.

The Minister urged the cadets to win more trophies and promised to participate in their next sporting activities to motivate Nigerian teams.

Earlier, Maj Gen JO Ochai, the Commandant of Nigeria Defence Academy NDA said the trophies won by the Navy Cadets will further strengthen the bilateral relationship between Nigeria and China explaining that the sailing competition was the first of its kind.

According to him  the Cadets made history when they emerged as the only international athletes  who competed against their China counterparts at the maiden edition.

Minister of Defence for State, Dr Muhammad Bello Matawalle (M) with the Ministry’s management staff, including the NDA Commandant, Maj Gen JO Ochai and the naval cadets in a group picture in Ship House, Abuja 

The Commandant said that the Cadets won several medals at the week- long competition due to their physical fitness and special Military capabilities.

The highlight of the event was the handing over of the trophies by the NDA Commandant to the Hon. Minister.

Henshaw Ogubike mnipr

Director (Press and Public Relations)