Six newly promoted Military personnel have been decorated with their new ranks in the Nigerian Army at the Dragon Officers Mess, 82 Division Cantonment, Enugu.
They include three senior officers promoted from Colonel to Brigadiers-General, while three junior officers were promoted Second Lieutenant to Lieutenants.
The newly promoted officers are Colonel Hohammed Auta, Commandant, Command Secondary School, Abakaliki, Colonel Yakubu Bwala, Commander, 303 Artillery Regiment Gun Support, Onitsha, and Colonel Garba Sadiq Mohammed, Commander 82 82 Division Finance and Accounts, promoted to Brigadier-Generals while Second Lieutenants Awoyomi Ayodeji, Khalid Ali and Shettima Aliyu.
Performing the decoration ceremony, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Lasisi Adegboye urged the new Brigadiers-General and Lieutenants in the Division to redouble their efforts.
He charged them to pursue the vision of the Chief of Army Staff of a professionally responsive army with zeal and commitment it deserves and always uphold the constitution in all their actions.
“You must pursue the vision of the COAS with zeal and commitment it deserves and always uphold the constitution in all your actions,’’ he said.
Adegboye also said that promotion comes from God, adding that they must justify the confidence repose on them.
“I will urge you to put in harder work since the reward for hard work is more work.
“There is no short cut to success and to move on to higher rank than hard work, being proactive and inventive.
“At this stage, you are now to be policy makers and problem solvers and not implementing officers any longer,’’ he said.
The Garrison Commander of the 82 Division, Sylvester Oloyede tasked the officers to see their promotion as a privilege and an act of God not as right, urging them to use their new positions in the betterment of the Country and the Army in particular.
“I must congratulate you people since it is not easy to get to this height. Congratulations,’’ Oloyede said.
The event also witnessed the decoration of Lt. Khalid Ali; Lt. Emmanuel Owoyonu and Lt. Aliyu Shettima.
Speaking on behalf of the newly decorated Brigadiers-General, Brig.-Gen. Garba Sadiq Mohammed, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Chief of Army Staff for making the promotion possible and assured of their continued loyalty and commitment to serve the nation.
“We are indeed grateful for the promotion and decoration today and we assure the Nigerian Army of our continuous loyalty and commitment to serve the nation,’’ Muhammed said.
With the official decoration of the newly promoted army personnel, they are now saddled with the responsibility of supporting the Army in carrying out its assigned constitutional duty.