The Nigerian Army Finance Corps has honored 23 of its most deserving retired Generals with a pulling-out ceremony at the Bonny Cantonment Parade Ground as part of activities to mark a successful tour of duty.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chief of Budget and Account Army, Major General Adetokunbo Fayemiwo said the retired generals being pulled out were among the most deserving retired senior officers of the Finance Corps who laid the foundation of the present successes of the Corps. He noted that even in retirement the retired generals have continued to offer their wealth of knowledge and expertise in support of the corps and mentoring the upcoming officers towards a successful career.
The Special Guest of Honour, Major General Charles… (rtd) in his valedictory speech stated that the pulling out ceremony signifies the end of his military career after 35 years in active service. He said he was grateful to the almighty God for his grace, mercies, guidance, wisdom and protection through out his service years. He counted himself fortunate as being able to witness the event in such a lively and energetic environment.
General disclosed that he and his retired colleagues were exiting the Service at a time when the nation was inundated by diverse security challenges. He noted that this challenges have necessitated several operational adjustments by the NA to effectively tackle and overcome the menace. Accordingly, he charged all Finance Corps personnel to be more innovative, proactive and result oriented in the discharge of their primary responsibility to the NA in a joint environment.
The past Corps Commanders and retired generals honoured include Major Generals JO Lartey, BVT Kwaji, DA Bako, CE Airhiavbere, CU Agulanna and MK Yunusa. Others were Brigadier Generals SU Umusu, MA Nyiam, JA Adejoh, BB Adewinmbi, FA Mohammed, CU Akagu, JO Ozigi, MK Joktara, OP Sintali, YB Yakubu, JS Sura, AA Adekoya, IZ Ohiaka, JA Faransi and YK Musa.
Special guests who graced the occasion included the President of Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association ( NAOWA) Mrs Salamatu Yahaya, General Officers Commanding 81 Division Major General Obinna Ajunwa, Former Director of Defence Information Major General Chris Olukolade (rtd) Former Director Army Public Relations Major General CO Onwuamaegbu (rtd) and Former Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Usman Kukasheka (rtd) among several others friends and family members. The high point of the occasion was the pulling out of the retired generals towards the cantonment gate for their final exit.