The Assistant Commandant General ( ACG) in charge of NSCDC Zonal Command Headquarters, Awka, Engr. Felix O. Oke, yesterday Thursday, 22nd of September, 2022 bowed out of service after a meritorious service to the fatherland.
In a brief but colourful pulling-out / send-off ceremony organized for the ACG in recognition of his outstanding leadership and invaluable contributions to the Corps, the Commandant General of NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, mni, praised the outgoing officer for his dedication and service to the Corps. Dr . Audi recalled the services of the retiring officer who worked with dedication throughout his career. He said that ACG Felix Oke was not only a brilliant officer but also a caring associate and hoped that his association with NSCDC would continue even after his retirement. The NSCDC boss represented by Anambra State Commandant, Isidore Chukwudi Chikere described ACG Felix as calm, composed and graceful personality who shouldered significant assignments in various capacities and rendered unblemished services to the Corps. He congratulated him for having a successful career and wished him good health and blissful post retirement life.
Speaking at the event, ACG Oke said : ” It is with great joy and with deep sense of gratitude to Almighty God that I am a witness to this epoch making event which marks my retirement from Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. To the glory of God I have served the Country with the strength he endowed me with, for everything under the sun there is a time and season, now therefore, is the time for me to drop off the uniform for a post – service life. In my years of service, I make bold to say that I had an illustrious and immaculate career thanks to God who gave me good health coupled with wonderful officers and men of the Corps who over the years of my service encouraged and supported me. I am a witness to the great improvement and sustainability of NSCDC and how personnel of the Corps attend to constitutional duties with vigour, courage, irrepressible determination to excel without excuses, always exuding fear of God and humaneness ; avoiding at all cost every trappings and appearances of corruption and exaction. It is my hope that the Corps will continue to evolve into being the pride of the Nation when it comes to security of lives and property of the citizens. I urge those still in service to eschew eye-service, be committed to their duties, exhibit exceptional behavior, resourceful and above all shun acts capable of tarnishing the image of the Corps . My prayer is that God who is a delight rewarder of them that seek Him will reward each one of us at the appointed time . I will not fail to appreciate Nigerians for their support to NSCDC , the Media and all who see the Corps as partners in progress” he concluded.
In his note of commendation, Anambra State Commandant, Comdt. Isidore Chukwudi Chikere, said ACG Felix Oke served the Corps and the Country with an aura of simplicity and unassailable humility, coupled with epistemic inclination to succeed in all assigned responsibilities. He described his positive strides and times in the Corps as one that would remain eloquent in the annals of NSCDC.
Also , pouring encomiums on ACG Oke, Comdt. Obiorah Aloysius , Enugu State Commandant, described him as undoubtedly a gentleman per excellence, a valiant and gallant officer , very understanding, not desperate, and not materialistic . He characterized the retiring Zonal Commander as a committed officer in the way he handled Zone K command setting a standard that anyone coming after him must strive to sustain the legacy.
Others who spoke at the ceremony held at the Zonal Headquarters Awka, also extol the good qualities of ACG Oke and wished him happy retirement. Afterwards, Enugu State Commandant, Comdt. Aloysius Obiorah presented a parting gift to the ACG on behalf of the Corps, followed by individual gifts .
In attendance were State Commandants of Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi State respectfully, Family members, Friends and we’ll wishers.
Recall that the retiring ACG had resumed office in the Zone since June 16, 2021. Prior to his deployment, he had held various positions in the Corps which included head of Operations Department Zamfara State Command, head of Administration Department Ekiti State Command, and Commandant n charge of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Explosives Department (CBRNE), later as ACG Crisis Management Directorate both at the National Headquarters Abuja
He was at one time the Acting. Deputy Commandant General in charge of Crisis Management Directorate.
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