By A Special Correspondent
The Nigerian Army has appointed Brigadier General Ifiok Obot as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the newly established Nigerian Army University, Biu (NAUB).
Obot was redeployed from Headquarters Operation Delta State to assist Prof. Usman Ahmadu Mohammed, the Vice Chancellor.
The University was established as part of the strategic repositioning of the Nigerian Military and would serve as a solution centre for the technological and other operational problems of the Nigerian Army, the military and the nation.
The institution is designed to create the critical mass required for research, innovation, testing and development of military equipment in a 21st Century setting.
It would facilitate the creation of the enabling environment that will enhance the accelerated development and eventual production of modern military hardware in Nigeria.
Apart from being a unique University, it will be a centre of excellence for learning, research and technological development which is consistent with the compelling requirements of 21st Century Armies that strive to conceive, develop and source their military platforms and other requirements locally.
The new University will promote excellence, ingenuity, creativity and distinctive competence in intellectual outcomes.
The founding principles and philosophy of the University me are based on the creation of an interdisciplinary learning environment, shared facilities and constant interaction among organs and units, driven by the factors of self-reliance and self-sufficiency.
The University will therefore “utilise scientific and technological knowledge to develop credible and creative capacity for proffering solutions to the problems of the Nigerian Army, the military as well as the nation”.
The Army also redeployed some very senior officers, including the appointment of Maj.- Gen. Benson Akinroluyo as the new Commander of Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole.
Akinroluyo replced Maj.- Gen. Abba Dikko, Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, announced on November 10, 2018.
Akinroluyo will now lead the army to tackle recalcitrant Boko Haram fighters still causing menace in North East while Dikko had been posted to the Department of Civil-Military Affairs as the Chief of Civil-Military Affairs.
Those affected in the redeployment include Major General Nuhu Angbazo who now moves to Headquarters 3 Division, as the General Officer Commanding while Major General Jamil Sarham is to remain in Headquarters 6 Division as the General Officer Commanding/Land Component Commander.
Others are Major General Victor Ezugwu from Depot Nigerian Army to Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO), Major General Adeyemi Adetayo from Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) to Department of Army Standard and Evaluation as Director Procurement and Projects.
Also affected in the redeployment are Brigadier General Olufemi Dada from Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) as Director Combat Development.
Brigadier General Solomon Udounwa was also redeployed to Defence Headquarters as Deputy Director Campaign planning, Brigadier General Adekunle Adesope from Department of Army Standard and Evaluation to the Office of the Chief of Army Staff as Acting Director in the Directorate of Audit and Financial Management.
Brigadier General Caleb Dalhatu moves from Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre to Headquarters 81 Division Garrison as Commander, while Brigadier General Abdu Hassan has been redeployed from Headquarters 2 Brigade to Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre as Chief of Staff (COS).
Brigadier General Kabir Mukhtar from Headquarters 81 Division Garrison moved to Headquarters Department of Army Administration as Acting Director Manpower, and Brigadier General Nasiru Jega was redeployed to Headquarters 2 Brigade as Commander.
Brigadier General Sani Mohammed moves from Department of Administration to Depot Nigerian Army as Acting Commandant, while Brigadier General Kevin Aligbe is to remain in Headquarters 16 Brigade as Commander.
Colonel Adamu Nura from Headquarters 21 Special Armour Brigade moves to Nigerian Army Armour School as Chief Instructor, while Colonel Louis Lepdung has been redeployed from Headquarters 25 Task Force Brigade to Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre as Deputy Director Research and Development.
Colonel Kingsley Umoh from Administration Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) to Defence Headquarters as Assistant Director Defence Information and Colonel Kayode Ogunsanya moves from Headquarters 3 Division Army Public Relations to Defence Headquarters Garrison Army Public Relations as Deputy Director Army Public Relations.