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20 Aug 2013, Lagos, Nigeria --- Commodore Chris Ezekobe, naval commander at the Nigerian Navy at Beecroft command, speaks after suspected sea pirates arrested by the navy, were paraded at a defence jetty in Lagos August 20, 2013. Ezekobe said four men hijacked a barge and its crew on August 14 on the eastern edge of the Nigerian coast, near the port city of Calabar. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: CRIME LAW MARITIME) --- Image by © AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE/Reuters/Corbis

Ezekobe promises to take Naval Information to greater heights

The new Director of Information, Nigerian Navy, Commodore Chris Ezekobe, has pledged to take Naval Information to greater heights.

Ezekobe made the pledge while taking over as the new Director of Naval Information, from Commodore Aliyu Kabir during a handing over/taking over and send off ceremony organised by the Nigerian Navy in Abuja on Friday.

“ I have known Commodore Aliyu Kabir for over 25 years and he had a very brilliant career in the Nigerian Navy.

“He had put us where we are today, and I am sure that he will do well in his future endeavours,” he said.

Ezekobe promised to consolidate on the good work of his predecessor by taking the Nigerian Navy Information to a greater level.

This, he said, would be done through repositioning the Naval Information and the statutory rules as provided for in the Constitution, the Armed Forces Act and the Defence Policy.

“I am going to use the Information Department of the Nigerian Navy to support the Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ete Ibas, as provided for in the CNS directive.

“I have no doubt in my mind that with the cooperation of the staff, we will succeed together,’’ he said.

Responding, the outgoing Director of Naval Information, Commodore, Aliyu Kabir, thanked God for making him to serve his country diligently for over 30 years.

“On one part I am happy that I am leaving the service, hale and hearty, on the other part, I feel sad that I will be leaving the family that I am part of for over 30 years.

“I know that they are definitely going to miss me too, I wish them the very best as they move on with their career,’’ Kabir said.

He urged all officers and ratings to continue to show dedication, commitment and patriotism in the discharge of their duties.

Kabir said that the Chief of the Naval Staff was committed and ensuring that the Nigerian Navy carried out its responsibilities professionally, and in line with global best practices.

He urged the staff of the Directorate to give the new Director the needed support and cooperation to succeed.

“I am delighted to hand over to my successor, Commodore Chris Ezekobe, as the new Director of Information; I congratulate him on his well-deserved appointment.

“It is a challenging job which requires enormous task, experience and patience to surmount pressures especially from the Press. (NAN)

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