“FOC urge newly promoted officers to uphold integrity and professionalism”
The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Eastern Naval Command, Rear Adm. Sanusi Ibrahim has admonished newly promoted officers of the command to be committed to Nigerian Navy’s core values which centres on integrity, professionalism and team work.
Ibrahim said this in a statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Cdr. Thomas Otuji.
The promoted officers from lieutenants to lieutenant commanders are: Lt.-Cdr. Elisha Etefia, Lt.-Cdr. Julius Uchenna Iroha and Lt.-Cdr. Phillip Monday Wyorkson.
Ibrahim thanked God for witnessing yet another shipping of the stripes of some of the officers of the Eastern Naval Command.
According to him, the officers would need to show strength as sub lieutenants for them to achieve the rank of an admiral in future.
“Your performance and evaluation report written by your superiors prove that you are all eligible to be promoted.
“Whatever point you find yourselves, either on course or deployment, you must have to put in your best,” he said.
The FOC said that those promoted had been ladend with more responsibilities because the system had found them worthy of promotion which they had been given the opportunity.
“You must express yourself and show to the system that you are worthy of the promotion that you have been given.
“Your character, conduct and input into the objective of the organisation that you are deployed has to reflect on your attitude to work.
“I urge everyone coming up to develop and improve on their selves at their leisure because it happens to be one of the major consideration for promotion,” he said.
Ibrahim urged the officers to improve and develop their selves whenever the opportunity occured because such development was used as considerations for promotion.
“So, pls whenever you have the opportunity go to school, particularly in your special field, develop yourself so that you will be more useful than those that did not go to school.
“I pray that God will give you the wisdom, courage and will to excel in your new ranks. This will not be end for you but you must also have to work hard for the new ranks,” he said.
The Commandant, Naval War College Nigeria, Rear Adm. Murtala Bashir while advising the newly promoted officers urge them to gear up to responsibilities which would be expected of them in their new ranks and offices.
Bashir congratulated the newly promoted officers on the promotion milestone achieved saying that promotion comes from God who helps those that help themselves.
“I am sure you have put in extra effort to earn this promotion because it is not everyone that was presented for the promotion that got promoted.
“Promotions like this come with privileges, responsibilities and restrictions one way or the other.
“I want to remind you that promotion is not a right but a privilege even though you worked hard for it therefore, the Navy has given you much by giving you this promotion.
“To whom much is given, much is also expected, so we expect more dedication and commitment in the discharge of your duties,” he said.
The Commandant said that the promotion was the only way that the Navy could justify the confidence and trust posed on them.
“As we grow in the service, it is expected that we should be more enlightened, informed and conversant with the ethics, processes and procedures in the service.
“If you have been committing some mistakes before and they were pardoned be rest assured that some of those things will not be condoned because it is expected that you should know what is expected of you as senior officers,” he said.
Bashir urged the officers to have a retirement plan for their future stating that each promotion brought them closer to their exit date form service.
“You can get a piece of land and start developing it for your future or learn a new skill relevant in this century,” he said.
The Commandant adviced the officers to not let money be their focus in anything they do but instead, let integrity and passion be their watch word towards success.
“If money is your primary focus, you might end up in trouble,” he said.
Bashir congratulated the spouse’s of the newly promoted officers, who played a prominent role in keeping the home front peaceful for them to have been considered eligible for the promotion.
“If they did not give you the conducive atmosphere at home, there is no way you will have maintained your focus and be recognised for promotion,” the Commandant said.