Sequel to the recent posting and appointment in the Nigerian Army, the newly appointed Commandant of the Army War College Nigeria, AWCN, Major General Bamidele Alabi has taken over as the 5th Commandant in the annals of history of the premier Nigerian Army Institution from his predecessor, Major General Solomon Udounwa .
The colourful ceremony took place at the premises of AWCN, WU Bassey Barracks, Asokoro Abuja.
General Alabi is among the 5 pioneer Directing Staff of the College when it was established on 28 February 2017.
He is a member of 41 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy and of the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps.
The new Commandant has held various appointments in command, staff and instructional capacity.
These include, member of Directing Staff at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, AFCSC, Jaji, Commanding Officer, Nigerian Battalion 29, NIBATT 29, United Nations Mission in Liberia, UNMIL, and Commander 3 Brigade Kano, prior to his appointment as Director of Studies and Coordination at AWCN.
He is also a Member of Nigerian Institute of Management, NIM, and a Senior Executive Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School.
Some of the key Military Courses he attended include Senior Staff Course in AFCSC, Advanced Command and Staff Course in United Kingdom and Higher Defence Strategic Studies Course at National Defence College Nigeria.
In his valedictory speech, the outgoing Commandant, Major General Solomon E Udounwa, who is now the Chief of Army Special Services and Programmes congratulated the new Commandant whom he described as integral part of the College having served as Directing Staff as well as Director of Studies prior to his recent appointment as Commandant.
He wished him a fruitful and successful tenure urging the entire College community to extend same cooperation and support rendered him to his successor so that the College will continue to succeed.
In his remarks, the new Commandant General Bamidele A. Alabi, promised to build on the legacy of the immediate past Commandant.
Reporting by Chukwuma Agbanusi, editing by Daniel Adejo