The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has announced the appointment of new branch chiefs, Air Officers Commanding (AOCs), commandants of tri-service and institutions, as well as unit commanders and other senior officers to reinvigorate the force for better productivity and operational efficiency.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, communicated the development, yesterday, in a statement issued by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet.
The new branch chiefs are Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Ayoola Jolasinmi, erstwhile Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Air Training Command (ATC), Kaduna, who is now Chief of Defence Policy and Plans (CDPP) at Defence Headquarters (DHQ); former Chief of Aircraft Engineering at Headquarters NAF (HQ NAF), AVM Musa Muktar moves to DHQ as Chief of Defence Transformation and Innovation (CDTI); ex-AOC Logistics Command (LC), Ikeja, AVM Charles Ohwo is now the Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP), HQ NAF, Abuja; AVM Jackson Yusuf, immediate past AOC Special Operations Command (SOC), Bauchi, goes to HQ NAF as Chief of Training and Operations (CTOP), while AVM Abubakar Liman heads the Air Intelligence Branch as the Chief of Air Intelligence, HQ NAF.
Also appointed are AVM Emmanuel Wonah, former Managing Director, NAF Investments Limited (NAFIL) as Chief of Aircraft Engineering (CAcE), HQ NAF; AVM Raimi Salami is redeployed as Chief of Communications, Information Systems (CCIS) HQ NAF, while AVM Olatokunbo Adesanya has been named as Chief of Logistics (CLOG), HQ NAF.
Others are AVM Aliyu Bello, erstwhile AOC Mobility Command (MC), Yenagoa is now Chief of Standards and Evaluation (COSE), HQ NAF; AVM Nelson Calmday is to take over as Chief of Administration (COA), HQ NAF and AVM Paul Jemitola is now Air Secretary, HQ NAF.
In the same vein, ex-Commander 081 Pay and Accounting Group, Ikeja, AVM John Ochomma is now Chief of Accounts and Budget (CAB), HQ NAF; AVM Idi Lubo, erstwhile AOC Tactical Air Command (TAC), proceeds to Lagos as Commandant, Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (AFRC); AVM Anthony Tuwase takes over as Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, while former AOC Ground Training Command (GTC), Enugu, AVM Mohammed Yakubu is the new Commandant of Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Kaduna, just as AVM Sayo Olatunde heads for Air Force War College (AFWC), Makurdi, as Commandant.
The fresh AOCs are AVM Abraham Adole, AOC TAC, Makurdi; AVM Tajudeen Yusuf, AOC SOC, Bauchi; AVM Iboro Etukudo, AOC MC, Yenagoa; AVM Nanjul Kumzhi, AOC ATC, Kaduna, while the former Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF, AVM Ibikunle Daramola is now AOC, GTC, Enugu and AVM Hassan Abubakar is new AOC LC, Ikeja.
Also picked are AVM Emmanuel Eze as Group Managing Director, NAF Holding Company; Air Commodore Esen Efanga is Commander Air Task Force Operation HADIN KAI, as Group Captain Dogari Apyeyak is now Air Component Commander, Operation Thunder Strike. The affected officers are expected to resume duties on or before January 7.