Wednesday, 2 May 2018

War Looms in South East as Air Force send 4 attacking aircraft to Enugu

ENUGU —CHIEF of Air Force, Air Marshall Sadiq
Abubakar has promised to send four attacking
and one training aircraft in Enugu to tackle
security problems in South East.

Air Marshall Abubakar disclosed this during a
ground breaking and foundation laying
ceremony of Air Force ground training
command, GTC, complex head quarters in
Enugu, yesterday.
He disclosed that the purpose of Air Force
training command complex in Enugu was to
reposition the Nigerian Air Force to tackle
insurgency in the country.
Commending Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his
effort at restoring peace and unity in the state,
he pointed out that the establishment of
training complex would add value to the
security of life and property in the country.
Abubakar said that the Force had planned to
increase the recruitment of officers from 1000
personnel a year to 1500 personnel in every six
months.
He also lauded the Federal Government for
increasing the number of Air crafts from 15 to
18 aircrafts and promised to use it to beef up
the security issues in the country.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, during the
foundation laying ceremony, lauded the
Nigerian Air Force for establishing Air Force
training ground complex in Enugu.
Gov Ugwuanyi pledged to give the Air Force all
the necessary support needed to ensure that
the ground training heardquarters in Enugu
works out so as to add value to fighting
crime.
Earlier in an opening remark, the ground
commanding officer, Vice Air Marshal, Samson
Akpasha disclosed that the ground training
complex in Enugu is one of the six training
commands established to implement local
ground training policies and technical ground
training for Nigerian Air Force.
Akpasha also disclosed that the command has
trained over 1000 regiment personnel including
450 special force personnel with battle field
inaction and extraction capacity within one year
which have been instrumental to the reduction
of insurgency in the country.
He also said the Air Force had transited into a
highly professional and disciplined force
through capacity building initiative for efficiency
and timely employment of Air power in
response to insecurity in the country.
Appeals for land for aviation hub
Earlier, when Abubakar paid him a courtesy
visit, Gov Ugwuanyi appealed to the Nigerian
Air Force to allow the state government take
over the force’s piece of land located near the
Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu to be
used by an indigenous airline, Air Peace Limited
for the establishment of a world standard
aircraft maintenance facility in the state.
Ugwuanyi stated that the request was “in line
with the state government’s aspiration to
create an Aviation Hub that would support the
policies of the Federal Government towards the
development of the aviation sector.”
The governor disclosed that the appeal was
sequel to an earlier request to the Nigerian Air
Force by his administration, adding that the
state government had promised to give the
Force “an alternative piece of land of equal or
even larger size in Enugu in exchange.”
Emphasising the importance of the proposed
aircraft maintenance facility towards the
economic development of the state and the
country at large, Gov. Ugwuanyi stressed that
“in granting this request, the NAF would be
making yet another outstanding contribution to
the development of the nation’s aviation
sector.”

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