Improving Army Efficiency: COAS Appoints PSOs, Field Commanders, Others

The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Major General Faruk Yahaya has approved the appoitnments of Principal Staff Officers, PSOs, Field Commanders as well as other key staff to provide the much needed vigour in his command of the Nigerian Army.

This was disclosed on Friday, 2 July by the Secretary, Department of Military, through the NA Posting.

Appointments approved by the COAS include: Commandant, Nigerian Army Armoured Schiool, Maj Gen BO Sawyer as the new Director Defence Information, while the Chief of Operations, Army, Maj Gen IM Yusuf, becomes the Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy.

Maj Gen TA Gagariga will move from Army Headquarters Department of Policy and Plans to Nigerian Army Artillery Corps as Corps Commander, Artillery, and Maj Gen VO Ezugwu of Training and Doctrine Command becomes the Commander, Infantry Corps. Maj Gen MA Yekini is the new Chief of Defence Training and Operations; Maj Gen MS Yusuf takes over as Chief of Defence Standard and Evaluation, while the Chief of Civil – Military Affairs, Maj Gen AB Omozoje will take over as the Chief of Policy and Plans at the Army Headquarters.

In the same vein, Maj Gen SO Olabanji becomes the Commander, Training and Doctrine Command; Maj Gen OA Akintade is the new Chief of Army Logistics, Maj Gen OT Akinjobi takes over as Chief of Operations (Army), Maj Gen JA Ataguba becomes the Chief of Army Standard and Evaluation while Major Generals KI Mukhtar and C Ofoche are the new Chief of Administration and Chief of Transformation and Innovation respectively. Maj Gen AB Ibrahim is appointed as Chief of Training (Army).

Among the new field commanders are Maj Gen AK Ibrahim, who takes over as the Force Commander Multi National Joint Task Force, N’Djamena and Maj Gen IS Ali who becomes the General Officer Commanding, 3 Division, and will double as the Commander, Special Task Force Operation Safe Haven.

The COAS equally approved the appointment of Commanders, Commandants of NA Institutions, Directors and other key appointments at both Defence and Army levels.

The appointments, aimed to rejig for efficiency in command and administration within the NA, take effect immediately, Yahaya said.

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