Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi, ret’d, the Minister of Defence, has told newly promoted officers that promotions in the service should sufficiently encourage them for more commitment to their military duties.
The Defence Minister stated this in a remark after performing the ceremonial decorations of two newly promoted officers serving in the Ministry of Defence.
He told the newly decorated Officers, Lieutenant Commander Osahon Junior Osagie and the Platoon Commander, Ministry of Defence, Provost Company, Captain Fausilat Bukola Salami to see their new ranks as wake -up calls to higher responsibilities in service to the Nation.
The Minister,while recalling his years in service as a Commisioned Officer in the Nigerian Army described their new levels as the foundational rank in their career progressions that will prepare them for higher attainments that will in future qualify them for generalship.
He therefore, told them that professionalism must be their watchword which requires total commitments, loyalty and respect for seniority in the discharge of assigned duties.
In their separate words of advice for the newly promoted Officers, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence Sab’iu Zakari and the Principal General Staff Officer to the Defence Minister, Brigadier General Auwal Fage tasked the officers not to compromise the ethics of hardwork and integrity at all times.
While wishing them successful tour of duty in their new ranks, they were reminded on the important need to justify their promotions through enhanced initiatives and robust service delivery to the Nigerian Armed Forces.
Responding on behalf of his newly decorated colleague, Lieutenant Commander Osahon Junior Osagie said they are better motivated with their new ranks to do the job. Osagie expressed loyalty to Commander -in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari and thanked the Minister of Defence for his support.
The decoration ceremony was witnessed by Directors and Senior officers in the Ministry as well as the families of the newly decorated officers.