Gen. Chris Olukolade, Nigeria's Defence spokesperson
Gen. Chris Olukolade, Nigeria's Defence spokesperson

Olukolade replaced as Director of Defence Information

Fola Akintomide

Maj- Gen. Chris Olukolade, Chairman of Forum of Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA), on Thursday handed over leadership of forum to the Director of Naval Information, Commodore Kabiru Aliyu.

Olukolade, who is retiring as Director of Defence Information, handed over the leadership at the monthly meeting of the forum held in Abuja.

At the meeting Olukolade formally informed his colleagues about his retirement from service.

According to him, he ought to have left the service since Nov 2014 when he applied for voluntary retirement but was not obliged by the Army Council who extended his stay in the on the grounds that it was not proper for him to go at that time.

Olukolade thanked members and their agencies for the support and understanding they accorded him while he chaired the forum since its formation in 2013.

He also solicited the same level of support for his successor.

He said the aim of the forum was to deepen the collaboration and understanding among the security and response agencies in information management and communication.

In his acceptance remark, the new Chairman of the forum, Commodore Kabiru Aliyu extolled the sterling leadership qualities of Olukolade which was the main pillar behind the successes recorded by the forum.

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

Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of Centre for Crisis Communication, retired Air Commodore Yusuf Anas also commended Olukolade for his positive contributions to national development.

The membership of FOSSRA is made up of spokespersons of Military, Security, Intelligence and Response agencies.

Source: Punch

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