CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF
VICE ADMIRAL AZ GAMBO,GSS AM psc ensp (RSA) MTM MNIM MUSNI FCIS MIPM MISP FIIPS FCAI
Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo was born on 22 April 1966 in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano State. Vice Admiral Gambo attended Gwagwarwa Special Primary School, Kano where he obtained his First Primary School Leaving Certificate. Thereafter, he proceeded to Rumfa College, Kano where he got his West African School Certificate in 1984. He enlisted into the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of 36 Regular Course on 24 September 1984 and was commissioned Sub-Lieutenant on 24 October 1989.
Vice Admiral Gambo has attended several military courses at home and abroad. These include the Sub-Technical at Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) QUORRA, Apapa, Lagos from 1991 to 1992, Young Officers Course Intelligence in 1995 and Officers Long Course at NNS QUORRA with specialization in Under Water Warfare in 2000. The senior officer also did his Junior Staff and Senior Staff Courses at the prestigious Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji, Nigeria in 1999 and 2003/2004 respectively. Later, the Admiral attended the National Defence College, South Africa as a member of Course 26 of 2012. After successful completion of the Course, he was awarded ensp (RSA) and became an Alumnus of the institution. He was also at the National Security Seminar by Galilee International Management Institute Israel at Defence Intelligence College, Kuru, Abuja in March 2013.
In the pursuit of academic excellence, the Chief of the Naval Staff obtained a Certificate in Information Technology from Modern Business Machine at Moloney, Lagos in 1998. Vice Admiral Gambo also attended the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho where he successfully graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Transport Management (Logistics Option) in 2008 and followed by a Master of Science Degree in Transport Management (Logistics Option) in 2009. The senior officer equally holds a Certificate of attendance of Sting Operations Workshop on National and Corporate Investigation organized by the International Institute of Professional Security (IIPS), Abuja in 2017.
The 21st indigenous Chief of the Naval Staff has held many appointments in the Nigerian Navy. As a Midshipman, he served onboard NNS AMBE from 1988 – 1989 and NNS DAMISA in 1989 as a Watch Keeping Officer. He was also onboard NNS AYAM in 1993 and NNS DAMISA in 2000 for Watch Keeping duties. As a young officer, he was the Officer In-Charge of Tug AJAYI JOE in 2001, Staff Officer Grade II Intelligence, Maritime Component Operation HARMONY in 2002 and Base Intelligence Officer NNS DELTA from 2004 – 2005. Vice Admiral Gambo later became the Staff Officer Grade I Plans, Naval Training Command from 2005 – 2006, Executive Officer NNS AYAM from 2006 – 2007 and Deputy Director Strategy, Headquarters Defence Intelligence Agency from 2007 – 2008. He also diligently served the former Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral II Ibrahim as Naval Assistant from 2008 – 2010.
The Admiral was the Defence Attache Luanda, Angola from 2011 – 2013 and Commander/Commandant of Directorate of Naval Intelligence Annex and the Nigerian Navy Intelligence School, Apapa, Lagos from 2013 – 2014. In 2014, the senior officer was made the Deputy Director and Acting Director Defence Affairs in the Office of National Security Adviser and completed his tour of duty in 2015. He was equally the Director Simulation at the Naval Doctrine and Assessment Centre, Bonny Camp, Lagos from 2015 – 2017 and the Director Research and Rescue at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja from March – September 2017. Notably, Vice Admiral Gambo was from June – September 2017 the Security Coordinator Presidential Relief Committee on North Eastern Nigeria. He also held the post of the Chief Staff Officer, Headquarters Naval Training Command, Lagos from September 2017 – September 2018. Vice Admiral Gambo was appointed Director Procurement, Defence Space Administration in September 2018, the appointment he held until his appointment as the 21st Chief of the Naval Staff on 26 January 2021.
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
In the course of his distinguished service in the Nigeria Navy, the Chief of the Naval Staff has earned some prestigious awards which include ECOMOG Peacekeeping Medal, passed staff course (psc), Forces Service Star (FSS), Meritorious Service Star (MSS), Distinguished Service Star (DSS) and General Service Star (GSS). Others are Fellow of National Defence College South Africa ensp (RSA) and Admiralty Medal (AM).
Vice Admiral Gambo is a member of some recognised professional bodies. He is a Member Nigerian Institute of Management and Member Institute of Safety Practitioners (MISP). Again, he is a Fellow Chartered Institute of Shipping (fcis), Fellow International Institute of Professional Security (FIIPS) and Fellow Chartered Institute of Public Diplomacy Management (FCIPDM).
The senior officer enjoys cycling, golfing, watching nature and reading psychology books.
Vice Admiral Gambo is a devoted Muslim who is happily married to Hajiya Nana Aishat Gambo and the marriage is blessed with 3 children comprising 2 girls and a boy.