- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) always stands out when compared to other military institutions in Nigeria
- The NAF under the current Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, takes the welfare of its personnel very seriously and those who paid the supreme price in service of the nation are not forgotten
- The CAS says the prioritization of personnel welfare is crucial to the sustenance of their morale
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has reiterated the commitment of the current Nigerian Air Force (NAF) leadership to improving the welfare of NAF personnel, particularly those participating in the ongoing counter insurgency operation in the North-east and other Internal Security operations across the country.
The CAS gave the assurance on Friday, January 12, while commissioning some additional residential accommodation at the NAF Base, Bill Clinton Drive, Abuja.
According to him, the prioritization of personnel welfare is crucial to the sustenance of their morale in an effort to effectively address the current security challenges in the country.
Air Marshal Abubakar, who was represented at the occasion by the Chief of Administration at the Headquarters NAF, Air Vice Marshal Mahmoud Ahmed, stated that personnel welfare and other logistics requirements would continue to receive priorities within the limited available resources.
He also expressed his belief that this would further motivate personnel and enhance their combat readiness.
“These projects on the Base attest to our resolve to react to the dynamic nature of personnel needs for accommodation, as we have undertaken similar projects here on several occasions in the past two years,” the CAS said.
The newly built accommodation, which includes a block of 6 units of 2-bedroom flats transit quarters for commissioned officers and another block of 18 units of 2-bedroom flats for non-commissioned officers were named after late Group Captain Usman Danliti Abubakar and late Flight Sergeant Bolorunduro Raphel respectively.
This was done as a mark of honour to immortalize the 2 late NAF personnel who died while actively serving the nation.
Late Group Captain Abubakar died as a result of an aircraft accident in May 2009 during a training mission in Rigachukwu, Kaduna while FS Bolorunduro was killed in action during Operation Zaman Lafiya in the North-east.
The ceremony also witnessed the presentation of keys to some of the beneficiaries of the new accommodation.
Just recently, the NAF commissioned a new hostel accommodation for senior students of the Air Force Girls Comprehensive School (AFGCS) in Jos, Plateau state.
A block of 30 by one bedroom fully furnished residential accommodation was also commissioned and it was named after late Corporal Timon PM, NAF00/20247, who died on January 27, 2012 while fighting insurgencies in the Operation Zaman Lafiya.
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