Commandants

The leaders who have taken turn to pilot the affairs of Nigerian Naval Engineering College from inception till date.

Commodore MC Diri-Onyenma
DSS fdc MSc MNSE MNIM CEng

16 Jan 17 - Till Date

Commodore Magnus Chidozie Diri-Onyenma was born on 16 May 1968 in Mgbelu-Umunnekwu, Abia State. He hails from Oguduasa in Isuikuato Local Government Area of Abia State, Nigeria. He attended Oguduasa Primary School, Isuikwuata; Igbobi College, Lagos; and Sobi Government Secondary School, Ilorin, Kwara State. He is a member of NDA, 40th Regular Course. He graduated as a Midshipman in September 1992 with Bachelor Electrical Electronics Engineering. Consequently, he was commissioned a Sub-Lt on 25 Sep 93. He had been promoted to the next higher rank as at when due. He was promoted Capt in 10 Sep 11 before his promotion to the present rank of Commodore.


Commodore Diri-Onyenma has done many professional courses both at home and abroad. Some of the courses include: Officers’ Application Course at NNEC, Sapele and Weapons Electrical Specialization Course at Indian Navy Ship (INS) VALSURA, Gujirat, India where he was the overall best in ‘Competency’. He attended the Junior and Senior Staff Courses at the AFCSC, Jaji, Kaduna and Strategic Course at NDC, Abuja.

Commodore MC Diri-Onyenma has held several appointments both afloat and ashore. His appointments ashore include: SO2 Maintenance, NDC; SO2 WEE and SO1 WEE NHQ. Others include OIC Weapon Electrical Engineering School, NNEC; Training Commander, NNEC, Sapele. He was the Command Technical Officer, HQ CNC, Yenagoa; Command Technical Officer, HQ Log; and also, the Command Fleet Maintenance Officer (CFMO), HQ Log Oghara. In-addition he was the Deputy Director Weapon Electrical Engineering and later became the Director Weapon Electrical Engineering Naval Headquarters Abuja before his present appointment as the Commandant Nigerian Naval Engineering College, Sapele, Delta State.

Afloat, aside from watch-keeping duties onboard NNS ARADU, he was at various times the Electrical Officer; NNS AMBE, Weapons Engineering Officer; NNS BARAMA, NNS SIRI and also, NNS ARADU.

His decorations and awards include: Forces Service Star (FSS), Meritorious Service Star (MSS), passed junior staff course, passed senior staff course, Distinguished Service Star (DSS) and Fellow National Defence College (fdc).
He is a member. Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Associate Member Chartered Institute of Shipping (ACIS), Member Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM) and a COREN Registered Engineer (CEng) among others.

Commodore Magnus Chidozie Diri-Onyenma is happily married to Mrs Ijeoma Joy Diri-Onyenma and the marriage is blessed with children. He is an astute ‘Born again Christian’ and his hobbies include reading, singing gospel music and driving.