Be mindful of your responsibilities to Nigeria, new FOC charges officers

Rear Admiral Sanusi Ibrahim, new Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy on Tuesday charged officers of the command to be mindful of their responsibilities to Nigeria.

Ibrahim gave the charge during the handing and taking over ceremony at the Headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command, Calabar.

According to him, as an institution, officers of the Nigerian Navy must at all times remember the oath of allegiance they took which should always be their guide.

“We must be receptive and responsible for those placed under us in the spirit of our long cherished ethos of divisional system and reinvigorate this system by given everyone a sense of belonging.

“However, I think the Nigerian Navy in the past has done a lot; we are working within the limits of what we have and are putting in our best to ensure that our maritime space is secure.

“What we want to do is to reappraise our situation and come up with strategies that will further enhance our operational capacity and efficiency, he said.

He added that he was quite mindful of the huge responsibilities on his shoulders while soliciting the patience, support, commitment and understanding of the officers to succeed.

Other events that took place during the ceremony were the handing and taking over of insignia and the lowering of the distinguishing flag of the outgoing Acting FOC, Commodore Priston Efedue and the hoisting of the distinguishing flag of the new FOC.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Efedue, outgoing Acting FOC who has been posted to the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna as Director Administration, took over on Jan. 4 after the retirement of his predecessor, Rear Admiral David Adeniran. (NAN)

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