By Senator Iroegbu in Abuja in Abuja
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, has approved the redeployment and posting of 38 senior officers of the Nigerian Navy (NN) to various strategic positions including 34 Rear Admirals and four Commodores.
The Director of Information, NN, Commodore Christian Ezekobe, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday, said the changes reflect the current effort to reposition the NN for greater efficiency and inject fresh drive into its operations and administration in line with the CNS’ Strategic Directive.
Those appointed include the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral RO Osondu who hands over to former Navy Secretary Rear Admiral FD Bobai; and the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral AS Abdulkadir who hands over to Rear Admiral JO Oluwole; while the Flag Officer Commanding Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral AO Suleiman hands over to Rear Admiral T Dick.
Others affected in the latest reshuffle, are Flag Officer Commanding Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral AA Osinowo, who hands over to Rear Admiral JO Okojie; and the Flag Officer Commanding Logistics Command, Rear Admiral EG Ofik who hands over to Rear Admiral SAG Abbah.
Meanwhile, the newly appointed Principal Staff Officers at the Naval Headquarters include Rear Admiral JA Ajani – Chief of Policy and Plans (CPPLANS), Rear Admiral OC Medani – Chief of Administration (COA), Rear Admiral HH Babalola Chief of Naval Transformation (C NTRANS), Rear Admiral AA Osinowo – Chief of Training and Operations (CTOPS), Rear Admiral EG Ofik – Chief of Naval Safety and Standard (CNASS) while Rear Admiral AO Odeh takes over as the Chief of Naval Engineering (CONE).
In addition, Ibas appointed new helmsmen for two major Directorates at the Naval Headquarters including Rear Admiral IO Mohammed as Director of Project Implementation Directorate (DPIMED) and Surgeon Rear Admiral EE Enechukwu as Director of Medical Services (DMS).