Following the recent redeployment of senior military officers in the Nigerian Army, a new Commandant, Major General Sagir A Yaro on Wednesday officially took over command as the 30th Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna.
Major General Yaro took over from Major General Jamil Sarham, who is now to proceed as a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for policy and strategic studies (NIPSS) Kuru, plateau State.
General Yaro, is a seasoned senior military officer of the Nigerian Army Corps of Engineers and member of 36th Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy. He has held several appointments cutting across Command, Staff and Instructional.
Before his recent appointment, he was the Group Managing Director, Nigerian Army Welfare Limited by Guarantee (NAWLG).
While addressing Principal Staff Officers, Deans and Heads of Departments during the Handing Over ceremony, the outgoing Commandant, Major General Jamil Sarham, described the new Commandant as a regimental and thoroughbred Sapper officer who is endowed with vast exposure and experience, which he expects will be brought to bear in running the affairs of the Academy.
Major General Sarham also assured the staff that Major General Sagir Yaro will continue with the extensive infrastructural development ongoing at the Academy, as well as sustain the improvements that have been achieved in the quality of training of cadets under his tenure as Commandant.
He wished General Yaro good health, God’s guidance and wisdom in the discharge of his duties as Commandant, while also calling for support from military and civilian staff of the Academy for the new Commandant.
Major General Sarham further highlighted some of his achievements as Commandant to include the development of various instratructural projects across the Academy and marked improvements in the grooming and training of top quality cadets that are professionally responsive to the present challenges and equipped to meet both current and future needs of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
In his response, Major General Yaro thanked God almighty and the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, for finding him worthy of the enviable appointment as Commandant of NDA.
He applauded his predecessor on the various developmental projects ongoing in the Academy and for the various innovative ideas he adopted during his tenure as Commandant NDA, pledging to continue in the general improvement in the affairs of the Academy, towards achieving the mission and vision of the Nigerian Defence Academy and that of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
He therefore urged staff of the Academy to embrace team spirit in order to succeed in the important task of producing well trained officer cadets for the nation.
Highlights of the event was the signing of the handing and taking over notes, decoration of the Incoming Commandant with the NDA insignia and hoisting of the NDA Flag which marks the symbol of new authority in the Academy.