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Navy charges 16 new rear admirals to justify elevation

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Some of the newly-promoted naval officers during their decoration at the Naval Headquarters in Abuja…yesterday.

The Nigerian Navy has charged the 16 newly-promoted rear admirals to redouble efforts to curtail maritime threats, which will justify their elevation.

The 16 naval officers were decorated following the recent approval by the Navy council for the elevation 140 senior officers.

Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd.), while congratulating the officers, tasked them to contribute their quota towards addressing the country’s maritime challenges.

He said, “This promotion comes with greater expectations and responsibilities. The military career is extremely challenging with unforgiving demands of humility, integrity, intelligence, patriotism and unalloyed loyalty to the nation. A career officer must have these qualities to qualify for elevation consideration.”

Magashi noted that the senior officers were joining the flag rank at a time the country was fighting insurgency in the North East and other vices.

“As you know, the navy’s operational environment has numerous challenges. Beside counter-terrorism in the North East, there are other security challenges such as maritime terrorism, resources theft and sabotage, piracy and armed robbery, which target marine trade.”

He, therefore, restated the ministry’s commitment to enhance the navy’s operations.

“The Ministry of Defence will continue to provide the needed support, especially in the provision of critical equipment and weapons that will facilitate your operations,” he assured.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, said the promotion was due to the need for quality leadership at the peak of the service for optimal realisation of its objective.

“The significance of today’s occasion is drawn from the critical need for quality leadership at the peak of every organisation for the optimal realisation of its objectives. Nowhere is such courageous and astute leadership required like in the Armed Forces, where your employment of men and materials has profound impact on national security.

“While the gates are open to many on entry into the service, only the dedicated and loyal rise to the very pinnacle of the profession. I must admit that the 16 flag officers have distinguished themselves over time to earn the confidence and endorsement of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces,” Ibas noted.


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