The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has continued to blaze the trail in the aspect of providing its personnel with healthy and comfortable living standards and accommodation to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their statutory performance. This is evident as just yesterday, 19th May, 2020 the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshall Sadiq B. Abubakar, ably represented by Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command (AOC LC), Air Vice Marshal Lawal Alao, commissioned six projects, namely: a 6 x 3 bedroom Married Officers Quarters (MOQ) constructed by the Ministry of Defence (MOD); the SB Abubakar Golf Course; Fire and Works Squadron Building; an Assembly Hall for the Air Force Secondary School at 041 Communications Depot (041 CD), Shasha; a block of 24 x single bedroom Studio Apartments; and a refurbished Tailoring Workshop at 055 NAF Camp, Legico Barracks, Victoria Island (V. I).
The CAS also restated NAF’s commitment to tackle internal security in the country. This assurance is necessary as insecurity has worsened in many parts of Nigeria despite the success reported from the northern parts of the country. This is because kidnapping, oil bunkering, armed banditry and militancy have become worse in recent months in the other parts of the country.
Below is excerpts from the communique issued by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force:
In his remarks while commissioning the projects, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was represented by the Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command (AOC LC), Air Vice Marshal Lawal Alao, stated that the commissioning of the projects was further evidence of the resolve of the current NAF Administration towards improving the wellbeing of NAF personnel. According to him, “there have been series of infrastructural developments aimed at improving both the working and living conditions of our personnel. These included the construction of new office and living accommodations in NAF Bases across the Country to enable personnel to be more effective in the performance of their duties whilst ensuring befitting accommodation for their families”.
While reiterating the commitment of the NAF to tackle various Internal Security challenges in the Country, the CAS charged personnel to strive continuously to meet and even exceed the expectations of the Nation by protecting the citizenry and NAF critical assets. “We must endeavour to bring succor to those in despair as we discharge our constitutional responsibilities to the Nation”, he added. This, he said, was the least that was expected of them as NAF personnel at the current period of heightened insecurity. He therefore urged them to justify the resources being expended daily to improve their wellbeing by remaining committed to their professional calling. According to him, “we must do our best to justify this enormous defence expenditure in the face of the dwindling economy. In particular, you have a responsibility to ensure adequate and sustained maintenance of the infrastructure in all our Bases”.
The CAS expressed his appreciation to the Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his immense support to the NAF which, according to him, has made the improvement of personnel welfare possible. He equally thanked the Honourable Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retired), for the construction of the 6 x 3 bedroom MOQ in Shasha as well as other residential quarters built by the MOD in NAF Units in Abuja and other parts of the Country within the past 5 years. The CAS also commended the Commanders of the 041 CD, Air Commodore Nkem Aguiyi, and 055 NAF Camp, Wing Commander Usman Yahaya, for providing oversight of the projects during the construction phase. He enjoined them to ensure that the facilities are put to good use. Also present at the event were the NAF Director of Works, Air Commodore Ilemobayo Amodu, and Principal Staff Officers of the Logistics Command.
Source: Nigerian Air Force