- Ten young officers took part in the winging ceremony of the latest pilots of the Nigerian Air Force
- The young officers just finished a one-year training programme at Westline Aviation school in South Africa
- They were decorated by the Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, who was the guest of honour
The winging ceremony of the latest pilots of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) was held on Tuesday, June 13 at the NAF headquarters in Abuja.
The 10 young officers have just finished a one-year training programme at Westline Aviation school in South Africa.
They are Flying Officers; Kolade Kolade Temitope Alao, Musbahu Mohammed Haruna, Anas Umar Samalia, Nurudeen Ahmad Bose and Mahmood Idanegbe Aburime.
Others are Ahmad Tijani Yusuf, Lateef Adeola Atobatele, Alfred Bello, Ifeanyi Ifezue and Salim Kundil.
They were decorated by the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas who was the guest of honour at the brief ceremony.
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Speaking at the event, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar advised the officers to be prepared for the onerous task ahead of them in the NAF’s operational flying environment.
His words: “For you the journey of your fruitful flying careers has just began and you must not rest on your oars. You must open your minds to learn and be mentored by your captains and seniors in the field.
“Flying operations requires a lot of discipline, hard work and diligence to make you succeed. Therefore, do not forget the 3 Ds to success, which are “Drive, Discipline and Desire’’ to be better every day.
“As you are being inducted as pilots at a period NAF platforms are actively engaged in flying activities, you must therefore key into the progressive treads of the Service and be ready for duty wherever and whenever it calls.”
On his part, the CNS stated that it is instructive that the induction of the 10 pilots coincides with a very challenging period where the NAF platforms are actively engaged in combat air operations.
“You cannot but flow with the momentum established and stand ready for duty at all times. I therefore charge you to be courageous, hardworking and above all disciplined,” he advised the officers.
Also speaking at the ceremony, the Managing Director of Westline Aviation, Charlie Marais, praised the Nigerian Air Force for the discipline exhibited by the young officers throughout their stay in South Africa.
“I have noticed in the 10 young men under the leadership of Flying Officer Alao, that they are disciplined, excellent discipline at heart,’’ Marais told the audience who responded with a thunderous applause.
He also stated that the officers flew more than 200 hours individually in the 12 months they spent at the training school.
“They toyed days, nights and weekends and they never faulted,’’ he added.
The ceremony was witnessed by other senior offices of the NAF and the family and loved ones of the young officers.
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