- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) started the building of an ultra-modern Mammy Market in Lagos state
- NAF said the construction of the market is going to comprise 400 lock-up shops
- It said the shops are to serve its personnel and their families as well as members of the host communities
The Nigerian Air Force on Thursday, November 16, laid the foundation for an ultra-modern Mammy Market at the Sam Ethnan Air Force Base, Ikeja, Lagos state.
According to a press release, the new market, which would be managed by NAF Properties Limited (NAFPROP), is to serve NAF personnel and their families as well as members of the host communities.
Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, the chief of the air staff , who was represented at the ground breaking and foundation laying ceremony by the air officer commanding, Logistics Command, Air Vice Marshal Ibrahim Yahaya, said the construction of the market, comprising 400 lock-up shops, was designed in conformity with the NAF’s culture of excellence.
According to him, the new market upon completion “would ensure the availability of basic and affordable economic services and assure personnel on National Security operations of the well-being of their families as they leave them at home and move from one place to another to defend our fatherland”.
The CAS, who expressed satisfaction about the new modern market, said it would create the avenue for families of personnel to engage in business activities on the Base without having to venture out to town for services and support.
Earlier in his welcome address, air commodore Musa Tanko, the managing director/chief executive officer of NAF properties limited, had stated that the construction of the Mammy Market is part of the current NAF administration’s drive to improve personnel welfare through the provision of quality infrastructure.
He noted that the establishment of the market was a practical demonstration of the commitment of NAF to its ethos to reinforce a culture of self-reliance and prudent management of resources.
Present at the foundation laying ceremony were senior officers, both serving and retired, members of the Nigerian Air force officers’ wives association and the airmen’s wives’ associations .
Traditional rulers from the host communities and others distinguished invited guests were also in attendance.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that NAF on Wednesday, November 15, graduated four fighter pilots for deployment to various operational fronts.
The graduants, including Flying Lieutenants Maina Musa Shalangwa, Oladokun Smith, Sylvester Tukurah Ali and Ahmed Kabir Galadanci and six others were deployed to the Training School last year for Jet Flying Course 1 after successful completion of their basic flying course in the United Kingdom (UK).
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