The former defence spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, on Thursday resigned as chairman of the Forum of Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies.
Mr. Olukolade, while handing over to his navy counterpart, Kabiru Aliyu, at the forum’s monthly meeting at the Centre for Crisis Communication, formally informed his colleagues about his retirement having reached his retirement age.
He told his colleagues he ought to have retired from service since November 2014 when he applied for voluntary retirement, but was not obliged by the Army Council, who he said extended his stay in the service on the grounds that it was not proper for him to go at that time when the country was at the peak of battling Boko Haram terrorists.
Mr. Olukolade, retiring as a major general, thanked members of the forum and their agencies for the support and understanding they accorded him while he chaired the forum since its formation in 2013.
He solicited the same measure of support for his successor while reminding the members of the core essence of the forum, which is to deepen the collaboration and understanding among security and response agencies in information management and communication.
Also, Mr. Aliyu, a Commodore, praised the leadership qualities of his predecessor and assured that he would take up responsibilities where the retiring general stopped.
Mr. Aliyu said he was determined to strive more to move the forum to another level.
The executive secretary of Centre for Crisis Communication, Yusuf Anas, a retired air commodore, also commended Mr. Olukolade for his positive contributions to national development and crisis communication strategies in one of the most critical period in Nigeria.
He also wished him well in his future endeavors.
The membership of FOSSRA are the spokespersons of Military, Security, Intelligence and Response agencies.
They represent the Defence Headquarters, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Police, Department of State Service (DSS), National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigerian Customs Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Prisons Service, Federal Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).