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Navy Spokesman Takes Charge Of Forum As Olukolade Retires

Posted: Aug 2, 2015 at 12:07 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Hassan Zaggi, Abuja

The Director of Defence Information (DDI) and Chairman of Forum of Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA), Major General Chris Olukolade, has handed over the leadership of forum to the Director of Information, Nigerian Navy, Commodore Kabiru Aliyu.

This is sequel to his final exit from the Army having attained his retirement age.

The membership of FOSSRA are the spokespersons of Military, Security, Intelligence and Response agencies. They represent the Defence Headquarters, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Police, Department of State Service (DSS), National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigerian Customs Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Prisons Service, Federal Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

Olukolade handed over the leadership to his successor at the monthly meeting of the forum held at the Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC), Abuja.

He disclosed that he was supposed to have bowed out of service since November 2014 when he applied for voluntary retirement bowe, but it was not obliged by the Army Council who extended his stay in the service on the grounds that it was not proper for him to go at that time.

The retiring General however commended members of the forum and their agencies for what he described as ” wonderful support and understanding they accorded me while chairing the forum since its formation in 2013.”

He therefore solicited the same measure of support for his successor.

He also reminded them of the core essence of the forum which, according to him “is to deepen the collaboration and understanding among the security and response agencies in information management and communication.”

Speaking, the new Chairman of the forum, Commodore Kabiru Aliyu, prsised the exceptional leadership qualities of Olukolade which he noted, was the pillar behind the successes recorded by the Forum.

He assured Olukolade of his determination to carry on from where he stopped and to even strive to move the forum to another level.

On his part, the Executive Secretary of Centre for Crisis Communication, retired Air Commodore Yusuf Anas, also applauded General Olukolade for his positive contributions to national development and crisis communication strategies in Nigeria’s most critical moment.