Saturday, September 2, 2017 8:35 am
The Nigerian Air Force is restructuring to effectively deliver on its responsibilities to the nation, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique, has said.
The News Agency of Nieria, NAN, reports that Sadique made the remark on Friday while celebrating Eid El-Kabir with officers and men of the Air Component of Operation “Lafiya Dole” in Yola Air force base.
He said that with the restructuring, the NAF would be better placed and equipped to deliver on its responsibilities.
“We are restructuring and that’s why we have two more commands; Special Operations Command and Ground Training Command.
“Very soon in all our units no technician will go for guard duty.
“We are building capacity in terms of having the required number of Special Forces so that those trained as special force will take over the defence of the base so that technicians concentrate on maintenance of aircraft.
“Right now we are training 450 special forces in Kaduna in phases,” he said.
The CAS said that with the ongoing training and retraining of Air force personnel to meet current challenges, the era when flying officers and lieutenants learn how to fly would soon be over.
He said: “we will continue to build the capacity of our instructors and also ensure that we have sufficient air plane to conduct the primary flying training.
“This will enable every student pilot that is admitted into the School complete his or her training as a cadet like we used to have in the 80’s.
“We are also building capacity in terms of tactical training for fighter pilots.
“I have just been informed that the 2nd batch of pilots going to fly with the Egyptian Air Force will be leaving very soon.”
Sadique, who expressed satisfaction with the performance of his men in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents, urged them to redouble their efforts.
He said that while the terrain constituted challenges to other sister agencies, it should not be so in the deployment of air power.
The Commanding Officer, Tactical Air Command, AVM M.A. Idris, Head of Training, AVM A. Balogun and Air Commodore Abdullahi Kassim, Commander, NAF Yola Base, lauded the CAS for his commitment to professionalism and the welfare of officers and men.