The Nigerian Air Force has released the postings and redeployment of its 41 senior officers consisting of 19 Air vice Marshals (AVMs), 14 Air Commodores, 4 Group Captains 2 Wing Commanders and another 2 Squadron Leaders.
The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, AVM Olatokunbo Adesanya, made this announcement via a released press statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Mr. Adesanya explained that the postings and redeployment came as a result of the recent promotion of senior NAF officers to the next higher ranks.
He explained further that this is a routine exercise aimed at ensuring that NAF was effectively manned for operational efficiency and effectiveness.
“Prominent among those affected by the new postings are: AVM Lawal Alao who is now the Commandant of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Zaria, Kaduna State.
“As well as AVM Olusoji Awomodu, who has been appointed as the Director Manning /Establishments at the Defence Headquarters,” he said.
In addition, AVM Bello Garba haf been redeployed as the Chief of Logistics at Headquarters NAF and AVM Mahmoud Ahmed had taken over as Chief of Administration, also at HQ NAF.
Other appointments include: AVM Mohammed Suleiman as the Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) at Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Makurdi, AVM Samuel Babalola as the Director of Personnel Management at HQ NAF.
As well as AVM Tunde Awoyoola as Deputy Chief of Defence Space Agency and AVM Haruna Mohammed as Commandant Air Traffic Services Training Centre, AVM Sambo Usman as Group Managing Director of NAF Holding Company.
Others are: AVM Remigus Ekeh appointed as the Director of Evaluation at HQ NAF while AVM Paul Dimfwina as Coordinator, Project Implementation and Monitoring Committee at HQ NAF.
Furthermore, AVM Frank Oparah had been appointed as Director of Research at Defense Headquarters, while AVM Ibukun Ojeyemi redeploys as the SASO at Headquarters Air Training Command, Kaduna State.
Also appointed are: AVM Peter Uzezi as Director, Earth Observation at Defense Space Agency, AVM Olusegun Philips as Director of Museum and Archives at HQ NAF, AVM Chinwendu Onyike as Director, Technical Services at Defense Intelligence Agency.
Others are AVM Emmanuel Wonah as SASO, Headquarters Logistics Command, Ikeja, Lagos State, AVM Abubakar Liman had been appointed as SASO, Headquarters Special Operations Command, Bauchi State.
AVM Mahmud Madi was appointed Director of Launch Services and Space Operations at Defence Space Agency and Air Commodore Noah Oyibo as SASO, Headquarters Ground Training Command, Enugu State.
Meanwhile, Air Commodore Cosmas Ozouggwu wa s to take over as Director of Production at HQ NAF while Air Commodore David Aluku became the Director of Civil Military Relations also at HQ NAF.
According to Mr. Adesanya, the new posting also brought about changes at the unit level. Some of the new Commanders and Commandants were Air Commodores.
They are: Edward Adedokun, who was appointed as Commandant NAF Institute of Safety, Kaduna State, and Air Commodore Paul Masiyer, as Commandant Military Training Centre, Kaduna State.
In addition, Air Commodore Moses Onilede was to take over as Commander 631 Aircraft Maintenance Depot, Ikeja, State. while Air Commodore Elijah Ebiowe was appointed as Commander 115 Special Operations Group, Port Harcourt.
“The newly posted and redeployed senior officers were expected to take over their new offices not later than Jan.2, 2018.
“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, had directed the newly appointed commanders of NAF field units to attend a workshop being organised at HQ NAF on Jan. 3, 2018 for commanders.
Mr. Adesanya said Command appointments in NAF came with a lot of responsibilities, including the management of human and material resources.
He said further that the workshop was therefore, aimed at equipping/reminding commanders of their responsibilities and HQ NAF expectations in the conduct of their activities.