Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, has charged newly-promoted Rear
Admirals to further distinguished themselves in finding workable solutions to
myriad of maritime challenges confronting the nation.
Ibas gave the charge on Monday after decorating the 10 senior
officers recently elevated to the rank of Rear Admirals.
The new Admirals are D. Dogonyaro, Commandant Nigerian Navy School
of Armament Technology, Kachia; T. Imam, Director of Policy, Naval Headquarters
and R. Mohammed, Director of Recruitment, Resettlement and Reserve, Naval
Others are I. Yusuf, Director of Personnel Release, Naval
Headquarters; W. Kayoda, Director Navigation/Positioning and Timing, Defence
Space Administration and O. Eyo, Commander, NNS BEECROFT.
Among them are S. Agada, Directing Staff, NDC; E. Aneke,
Naval Drafting; M. Bashir, Directing Staff, NDC and A. Ayobanjo, Deputy
Commandant, Naval War College.
The naval chief reminded the officers that promotion came with
greater expectation and responsibilities.
He noted that the senior officers, before their new ranks, had
been at the decision-making cadre of the armed forces of Nigeria.
Ibas said they now needed to perfect the decisions to further
distinguish themselves in finding workable solutions to all maritime challenges
confronting the Navy and other social problems facing the nation.
“It is the only way for you to give back to the society that has
been so kind to you and justify the confidence of the system that has adjudged
you worthy of this recognition,” he said.
He described the promotion as well-deserved, adding that the
officers had stayed true to their professional demands and weathered the storm
of career progression.
“It is therefore, a fitting reward to eventually arrive at the
pinnacle of your chosen career,” Ibas said.
He, however, cautioned the officers to try to live with the
intensity that only maturity could give, and accept responsibility for their
“Be expressive of this in not being inflated by your triumphs, but
in accepting responsibility for your actions,” he said.
The CNS also urged the officers to be guided always by a goal to
be satisfied and at peace with the naval community and their conscience.
He recalled that the journey that culminated to the decoration of
the rear admirals stated many years ago.
“It has been generously punctuated by different milestones,
challenges and complex of activities that have collectively underpinned a
military career as an extremely challenging one.
“A vocation with unrelenting demand for devotion, commitment,
dedication, integrity, honesty, intelligence, knowledge, patriotism, honour and
loyalty to service and the nation,” he said.
Ibas said that for progress to be made, a career officer must have
those qualities in abundance to qualify him for consideration to ascend the
ladder of the pyramidal structure.
He congratulated the senior officers and wished them complete
success in their endeavours, and equally congratulated their families for their
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Nigerian Navy
Board recently approved the promotion of 87 senior officers to the ranks of
Rear Admiral, Commodore, Captain and Commander.
They comprise 10 Rear Admirals, 25 Commodores, 24 Captains and 28