By Samuel Itsede
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has charged Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnel on the need to remain resolute and dedicated to their constitutional responsibility of securing Nigeria and Nigerians, working in synergy with sister Services of the Armed Forces and other security agencies.
He gave this charge Monday in an interactive session with NAF personnel of units in Lagos and Ibadan areas held at the Sam Ethnan Air Force Base Ikeja during his operational visit to Lagos.
Air Marshal Abubakar also reminded the personnel to ensure that their actions are undertaken within the ambits of extant laws as well as in compliance with the need to respect the rights and liberties of citizens.
The interactive session was aimed at keeping the personnel informed about the policy direction of the NAF while also receiving feedback and suggestions from them on how to move the Service forward for effective and efficient service delivery.
While in Lagos, the CAS, who was received by the Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command (AOC LC), Air Vice Marshal Abdulganiyu Olabisi, also inspected some ongoing projects in the Base and was briefed on the progress of work on the in-country Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM) of C-130H aircraft, NAF 913, at the 631 Aircraft
Maintenance Depot (631 ACMD). The CAS, while interacting with the joint NAF/Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Team undertaking the project, expressed satisfaction with the pace and quality of the job, which commenced in May 2019. He noted that completion of the job would enhance NAF’s airlift capability thereby adding considerable value to its efforts in the war against terrorism and other forms of criminality in the Country.
The CAS urged the NAF technicians to take full advantage of the in-country conduct of the maintenance to acquire skills required to conduct future PDM on their own. He also appreciated the PAF Team for reactivating some of the Unit’s broken down equipment and teaching NAF personnel how to use them. The CAS, who was accompanied on the visit by Principal Staff Officers and other senior officers from Headquarters NAF, has returned to Abuja