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THE PRINCIPAL STAFF OFFICER COORDINATION, AIR COMMODORE MA AKIODE TAKES OVER AS THE ACTING COMMANDANT AFIT
The Principal Staff Officer Coordination, Air Commodore MA Akiode has taken over the mantle of leadership as the acting Commandant of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Kaduna following the retirement of the former Commandant Air Vice Marshal I Bukar on January 1, 2018.
The handing and taking over was completed on 5 January 2018. The institute has achieved various milestones under the former commandant; notable among them is the passage of the AFIT enactment bill by the National Assembly and the signing into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.
Air Commodore Morakinyo Anthony Akiode was born on 15th April 1968, in Oyo State but hails from Abeokuta, Ogun State. He started his elementary school at Alafia Nursery school Mokola , Ibadan from 1973 to 1979 and Comprehensive High School, Ayetoro from 1979 to 1984. He enlisted into the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna as an Officer Cadets in 1985. He was commissioned as Pilot Officer on 27 September 1990 as a member of 37 Regular Course with a B.Sc degree in Physics.
Air Commodore MA Akiode has attended many military and Professional courses, some of which include; Orientation Engineering Course – at Technical Training Group now Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Kaduna, Physiological / Chamber Course in Environmental/ Tectonic at Philadelphia –USA, Next Generation of Future Military Leaders Course at National Defence College Washington DC – USA. He also attended the Junior Command and Staff School JCSS Kaduna, Senior Division Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji in 2000 and 2002 respectively. Other Courses attended include: Contingency Planning Course at Joint Force Staff College, Norfolk VA USA, Civil Military Relations Course at Koffi Annan Peace Keeping Center Accra Ghana and Bayero University, Kano where he obtain a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration. He also holds a Master Degree in Strategic Studies.
The senior officer has held many appointments in the Service, notable among them are; Engineering Officer in ECOMOG, SO2 CBC Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna, CO Mogadishu Battalion NDA, GLO of 303 FTS kano, GSO1 to the Honorable Minister for Defence, Assistance Director in Research and Development Department at Defence Head Quarters, Deputy Director Logistics at Armed Forces Resettlement Center Oshodi, CO Logistics 203 MAG Ilorin, Commander NAF Camp Lagos, Principal Staff Officer Coordination AFIT and currently the Acting Commandant Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna.