2nd Lt. Ugochukwu Nwama from Anambra State has been adjudged the best graduating Cadet Adjutant of the 2018 Course at the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA.
The young officer, who is the son of Igwe Obosi , Idemmili North local government area, Eze, A.C. Iweka 111, was presented with four different awards as rewards for his achievement at the just-concluded Passing out Parade in Kaduna State.
Nwama won the prestigious Golden Sword (the highest award to a cadet) ‘Sword of Honour’ (NDA’s highest accolade); the Indian Shield as well as the Best Graduating Student.
Nwama was ordered to be promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant after out-performing his fellow cadets.
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This rare feat came soon after a recent exceptional performance of five Anambra-born police constables at the Nigeria Police Training College, Nekede Imo State.
According to records from the NDA institution, Nwama not only emerged the best in the Army but was the overall best in the entire military–the Army, Air Force and the Navy in the final year of his training at the academy.
Nwama majored in Electrical Electronics Engineering during the convocation, Presidential Commissioning and Passing out Parade of the 65 RC graduates of the NDA.
His statue was unveiled to perpetuate the memory of his sheer brilliance, focus, hard work and exceptional life of discipline.
In a congratulatory message, the State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba described Nwama as a special breed of soldier with an emerging character of an “officer and gentleman’’.
He attributed the feat to the dogged and resilient spirit of an average Anambra citizen, made possible by the effort of the current administration.
Adinuba noted that the state had become the most competitive state in Nigeria, recording great achievements in almost every sphere in public and private sectors.
His words: “Indeed, Anambra State has consistently maintained enviable top position as the most peaceful state in Nigeria.
“The security architecture in Anambra firmly guarantees the safety and protection of lives, property and businesses of all who reside within its territories and even beyond.
“Anambra has equally maintained excellent position in all external examinations, including the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), National Examinations Council (NECO) and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examinations, recording the least level of examination malpractices across the country.”
According to Adinuba, the generous funding of schools and adequate motivation of teachers have delivered excellent results and brought accolades to the state and deserving individuals.
“On March 19, last year, the world bore witness as Anambra Golden Girls outshone other students from not less than 100 countries to win the Technovation Challenge in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, USA.
“Other Anambra students had also won meritoriously in different international debates.
“Teachers from the state are also not left out as they have consistently led their colleagues in almost every Federal Government nation-wide assessment.
“In the health sector, Anambra State remains the trail blazer, breaking frontiers and setting the pace for others to follow.
“Perhaps, in recognition of resounding achievement in infant and maternal health care, the Federal Government, in June, last year, presented an award to Anambra State for winning the top prize in immunisation.
“The Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme has also been adjudged the most people-oriented health schemes in the country,” he added.