NIGERIA. Kaduna State: The Nigeria Military School (NMS) Zaria in Kaduna state recently celebrated its founders’ day in grand style.
The school, which began as a boys’ company on May 20, 1954, went through several stages before becoming one of the military schools responsible for breeding and nurturing junior and senior officers into the Nigerian Armed Forces.
On the NMS’s 68th anniversary, the Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, called for greater collaboration and investment in the school to ensure adequate resources for training and nurturing students in inappropriate ways. Every year, children make up most of the country’s military personnel.
Bello, an alumni of the school who served as the parade review officer during the event, emphasized the need for government and individual support for the upliftment as well as to serve as a form of encouragement for the students as they undergo rigorous training as military personnel and thus sacrifice a lot and as such their needs must be taken good care of to serve as a morale buster.
“There is an urgent need for every former student of the institution to contribute their quarter to the development of the school and its students as it is a way of giving back to the school as an old student,” Bello urged.
“Supporting the school is a way of giving back to the institution as it is the foundation of whatever you are today as an old student of the institution.”
However, Bello praised the efforts of the schoolteachers, instructors, and the institution’s entire management in instilling a disciplined attitude in the students and the school’s state-of-the-art infrastructural development.
Bello also advised students to abstain from using hard drugs because it could harm their careers.
Brigadier General Jonathan Aun, the school’s Commandant, praised Bello for his unwavering support for the institution and prayed for Allah’s blessing and guidance in his welcome address.
Foundation Day is an annual event that brings students and alumni together to celebrate and share old memories while reflecting on their contributions to nation-building.