A two-star general from Akwa Ibom State, Major General Solomon Effiong Udounwa, has been appointed the new Commandant of the Army War College of Nigeria (AWCN), Abuja, the highest training institution of the Nigerian Army.
Udounwa, presently of the Department of Policy and Plans at Army Headquarters, Abuja, is taking over from Major General Charles Ofoche according to the new posting and appointment of senior officers announced by the Army on Monday.
A statement by Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, disclosed that the posting involved 57 Major Generals while several Brigadier Generals and Colonels were also affected.
New General Officers Commanding, Principal Staff Officers and Corps Commanders were announced.
“The posting which was approved by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General TY Buratai is a routine/normal exercise intended to reinvigorate the system for greater professional effectiveness and efficiency,” he said.
Another Akwa Ibom-born officer, Colonel Timothy Antigha, who is spokesman of the Multinational Joint Task Force, N’Djamena, Chad, is moved to Defence Headquarters and appointed Acting Executive Director, Armed Forces Radio.
He is from Okopedi, the headquarters of Okobo Local Government Area.
All the posting and appointment are to take effect from Monday, July 20, 2020.
Born in July 1969, Udounwa, an indigene of Nung Udoe, the headquarters of Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area, is the younger brother of a former Chairman of Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Transition Committee, Mr. Joe Udounwa.
The general had his childhood education at Lutheran Primary School, Nung Udoe, from 1973 to 1979, and Lutheran High School, Obot Idim, still in the same Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area, from 1980 to 1985.
He was commissioned into the Nigerian Army in 1991 as a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Regular Course 38.