Counter insurgency: FG equips  NAF with modern platforms

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Counter insurgency: FG equips  NAF with modern platforms

* As NAF immortalises officer who died while fighting insurgents  in the N/East

By Evelyn Usman

The  Chief of the Air Staff,  CAS Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar , yesterday in Lagos , disclosed that the federal government had equipped the Force with new platforms that would enhance personnel ability to conduct counter insurgent operation.

This is just as the Nigerian AirForce has immortalised one of its officers , a 35-year-old pilot who died in the fight against terrorists last May, in Maiduguri.

The CAS, made the disclosure while commissioning the  newly built 6 by 3 bedroom flats for officers accommodation at the Sam Ethnan     AirForce Base, Ikeja.

Aside the provision of new logistics, the CAS also informed   that some platforms  were still undergoing reactivation, for the purpose  of  tackling  other emerging security challenges across the country.

The newly built officers accommodation was named after one its personnel, Squadron Promise Leton Gbenekannu, a pilot, who died on board the C-130 aircraft while on a logistic support mission for troops fighting insurgency and terrorism in the North eastern part of the country, on May 18,2017.

Represented by the Air Officer Commanding, AOC Logistic Command ,

Air Vice Marshal Ibrahim Yahaya , he explained that projects of such was initiated in all NAF bases to ensure  conducive atmosphere for personnel at thier various work places and home in line with the change agenda of President Muhammad Buhari

He said : ” Providing decent accommodation for officers, airmen and airwomen remains one of the first priorities of our policy thrust towards ensuring that Nigerian AirForce personnel and their families live in  a befitting  accommodation and are better positioned to respond to various exigencies of the service.”

“We have embarked on the construction of new quarters as well as renovation /rehabilitation of dilapidated buildings to address the infrastructural decay of the past. Arrangement are  also on top gear to address many other areas of infrastructural deficit , including the  renovation of more accommodation facilities as well as rehabilitation of roads and drainage systems in the Base. It is hoped that this would create. enabling environment and motivation for personnel to discharge their duties effectively and efficiently.”

While commending  the Buhari- led administration for its support to  the Military, a gesture  he said had gone a long way to enhancing professionalism as well as facilitate effective performance of the constitutional roles, the CAS assured that on the part of the airmen and airwomen , they would continue to do the needful to meet thier statutory responsibility of defending the territorial integrity of the nation, whether acting singly or in convert with other security agencies .

He also reminded officers and personnel of the Base that as government continued to provide support to sustain the tempo of operations against insurgency and terrorism, their efforts should also be sustained  to reposition the NAF into a highly professional and discipline force for effective , efficient and timely employment of power in response to Nigeria ‘s national security imperatives.

“We acknowledged that human being is the most important in every organisation and equipping the personnel appropriately is central to the achievement of success in security the Nigeria’s air space . we therefore remain committed to continous upgrading , reforming and building of new facilities as part of capacity development drive in all NAF units.”

He also, commendended the AOC commanding Logistics command over what he described as his ability to ensure that projects at the command’s Area of Responsibility were executed in line with approved standard, even as he called on airmen and officers within the command to rededicate  themselves by continuing to add value towards making the Service more relevant and effective in addressing the current and future security challenges in the country.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Senior Air Staff Officer, Air Vice Marshal A.O Ojeyemi , noted that the building was among several others that were in a dilapidated state, commended leadership of the Air Force   for pulling it down for fresh construction. He informed that some sets of such buildings were commissioned last year and January this year, adding that others were also under construction.

He stated that such support had not only improved the moral of personnel of the Command but has also  equipped them to perform their duties effectively and efficiently.

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