Gabkwet assumes duty as NAF Director of Public Relations, Information



Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet has assumed as the 17th Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

Gabkwe took over from AVM Ibikunle Daramola, who was affected the

deployments carried out NAF.

A statement issued Wing Cdr. Bassey Okon, on Thursday in Abuja, on behalf of the Director of Public Relations and Information, stated that Daramola was

at the helm of affairs for about two years and seven months.

Born in Kaduna,  Gabkwet hails from Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau. He attended . Joseph’s , Vom, Plateau and later proceeded to the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of 42nd Regular Course.

Gabkwet was commissioned into the NAF as a Pilot Officer on Aug. 16, 1996. He is an alumnus of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ogba Lagos State, where he obtained a Graduate Diploma in Public Relations in 2008.

He attended courses some of which include: International Public Relations Course in Sweden, Junior and Senior Command and Staff Courses at the Armed Forces Command and Staff , Jaji, Kaduna State.

The officer also attended Strategic Public Relations and Crisis Management Courses at Pinnacle PR, London.

Additionally, he attended a Speech Writing Course organised by Ragan Communications at U.S. University, Washington DC.

Gabkwet is also an alumnus of the National Defence University, Champing, China, Air Force War , Nigeria and the National Defence , Nigeria.

The senior officer has held appointments in the course of career.

He was the Group Public Relations Officer at Air Weapon School (Now 407Air Combat Training Group), Kainji, Niger.

Gabkwet had also at various times served as the Command Public Relations Officer at Tactical Air Command Makurdi, Training Command, (Now Air Training Command), Kaduna as well as Command, Lagos.

The new spokesman was also a Observer at the Democratic Republic of Congo, between 2004 and 2005, where he also acted as the Assistant Spokesman.

He also served as the first press officer to the Chief of Air Staff between 2010 and 2012.

Other appointments held by the senior officer include: the Deputy Defence Attaché (Air), Embassy of Nigeria, Beijing China, between 2013 and 2016 and Command Training Officer at the Ground Training Command, Enugu in 2018.

Until appointment, he was a member of Directing Staff and Director of Coordination at NAF War College, Makurdi.

Gabkwet is an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management.

He is also decorated with the Distinguished Service Star, Fellow Defence College, Fellow National Defence University, Fellow Air War College (+) and the UN Medal among others.

He is married to Mrs Patricia Gabkwet and the union is blessed with three children. (NAN)