The General Officer Commanding (GOC)  82 Division of the Nigerian Army Maj.-Gen. Hassan Dada has decorated four Colonels and a Major working in the Division with their new ranks of Brigadier Generals and Lieutenant Colonel.

The four Colonels who were decorated Brigadier Generals include: Charles Oghenyerovwo; Haruna Audu; Peter Gbor; and Stephen Dogo, while Major Samuel Agada was decorated as Lieutenant Colonel.

Performing the decoration on Tuesday at 82 Division Headquarters in Enugu, the GOC urged the newly-decorated officers to justify the confidence reposed in them by being more committed to their routine and special duties.

Dada also advised them to ensure their families enjoyed all the benefits that come with the promotion.

According to him, the Division appreciates God Almighty, President Bola Tinubu and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, for making the promotion and decoration possible.

“Within my six months as a GOC, I am blessed to have this number of Brig.-Gen. and just recently the Commandeer of 13 Brigade under the Division was elevated to a Major-General.

“As you know the Division is standing on the pillars and vision of the COAS; which rewards hard work, resourcefulness and diligence.

“Promotion comes from God; but as humans we must put in the hard work. Today, the hard work and resilience of these officers have paid off.

“Everything you do is being watched and if you are doing the right and positive things, one day it will surely pay off. So, keep working hard and be diligent in all you do,” he said.

Responding, Brig.-Gen. Charles Oghenyerovwo, who spoke on behalf of the newly-decorated officers, thanked God Almighty, the President, the COAS and the GOC for finding them worthy of the promotion and subsequent decoration.

Oghenyerovwo assured the COAS and the GOC of their resolve to redouble their efforts and also guarantee optimal delivery in all tasks assigned to them.

“By the grace of God, we have resolved to ensure we keep the flag flying high and the confidence reposed on us through this elevation will never be regretted by the army authorities, the COAS and the GOC.

“We also thank our course-mates as well as well-wishers, friends and families, who came to witness this historical moment in our careers,” he said.

The high point of the event was the GOC’s presentation of letter of commendation and a plaque to Maj. Aminu Maikarfi, for his exceptional gallantry and bravery in fight against IPOB/ESN terrorists.

He excelled in Okigwe and Orlu axis of Imo State and Ihiala and its general areas in Anambra. (NAN)

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