Jos, Plateau: Nigeria's Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas on Thursday said Plateau-born Navy Commander Garba Matyek was an asset to the nation's military.

Matyek, 64, retired from the Navy in 2006, but his impact in the Force could still be felt, Ibas said at the funeral of the late Officer in his home village, Tarek, Butura in Bokkos Local Government Area.

"He was a gentleman to the core. His loss is not just to his family but to the Navy and Nigeria as a whole," the Naval Chief stated through Commander S.S. Garba, an Official of the Nigerian Naval Headquarters, Abuja.

Born in Butura, Bokkos Local Government Area, Late Commander Matyek joined the Nigerian Navy in 1985 as a Project Quantity Surveyor through Short Service Commission.

He was posted to various Naval Base Commands nationwide (Ministry of Defence, Lagos, the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna
and Naval Commands at Lagos, Port Harcourt and Calabar.

While in the Navy, he attended several trainings and seminars Such as the Commanders and Staff College, Jaji, Zaria in 1995 for his Junior Pass Staff Course Certificate and in 2003 he returned to
Jaji for his Senior Pass Staff Course Certificate.

After his retirement in 2006, he worked as a consultant and contractor to the Nigerian Navy, the Plateau State Government and the Kaduna State Government among others.

Surrounded by his family, the late Cdr. Matyek passed on at Dee Medical Centre, Jos, on 4th March 2020 at about 5:45pm, after falling ill.