The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has announced the appointment of Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman as a Faculty member of its Business School.
It would be recalled that last week Thursday, Usman voluntarily retired from the Nigerian Army as its Director of Public Relations, after more than 35 years of service.
According to the statement issued today and made available to newwmen by the Coordinator of NOUN Business School, Prof. Samaila Mande, it stated that the former army spokesman was appointed because of his wealth of experience.
Mande expressed optimism that as a Public Relations and Communications expert, Usman would bring his wealth of knowledge and experience to bear in his new appointment.
He said with Usman’s appointment, the retired general would chair the Crisis Communication, Public Relations and Security Studies sessions of the School.
Usman is a graduate of Bayero University Kano, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and also has a Masters degree in Media, Peace and Conflicts Studies.
He is also a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and member of the prestigious National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos.
Yesterday, the Nigerian Army in a spree of new deployments of its officers replaced Usman as Col. Sagir Musa was appointed as the Acting Director of Army Public Relations.
According to reports, Musa’s appointment is contained in a new redeployment of senior officers released by the Army Headquarters.
However, until the appointment, Musa was the spokesman of 82 Division in Enugu.
Under the posting, the Chief of Security in the Directorate of Army Public Relations, Col. A. A. Yusuf, has been appointed Deputy Director Public Relations, 82 Division Nigerian army.
Col. A. D. Isa has also been posted to Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole as Deputy Director Army Public Relations, while Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, who was the spokesman of the Theatre, moves to the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, as acting Director Defence Information.
Others affected by the posting are, Brig.-Gen. N.J. Okah, who has been deployed from Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies to the Department of Army Logistics in the Army Headquarters as Acting Director of Engineering Services.
Brig.-Gen. M.A. Masanawa from Army Headquarters, Department of Army Policy and Plans to ACADA as Commander; Brig.-Gen. H.T. Wesley, from Headquarters Nigerian Army Ordinance Corps to Army Headquarters Department of Army Logistics, as Director Clothing and Store.
Brig.-Gen. H.G. Tafida of Nigerian Army Central Workshop, Rigachukwu, to Army Headquarters Department of Army Logistics, as Director Engineering and Maintenance.
Brig.-General B.A. Ilori has been posted to Army Headquarters Department of Army Policy and Plans and appointed Deputy Director Equipment Procurement.
Also affected is Brig.-Gen. A.A. Adereti, to National Defence College as Directing Staff, while the new acting Corps Commander Nigerian Army Medical Corps is Col. S. Adama.
Others affected included Col. O.G. Olaniyi, from Nigerian Army School of Music to Nigerian Army Band Corps and appointed acting Director Army Band; Col. E.I. Okoro and Col. I.P. Bindul are posted to Army War College Nigeria as Directing Staff.
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