*As force acquires new war aircrafts, graduates 298 regiment warfare trainees
By James Ibechi
(with additional reports by Joe Ipenyi)
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Airforce, Rt. Hon. Samson Okwu, has pledged the continuous support of the Lower Chamber of the National Assembly to the leadership of the Nigeria Air Force (NAF).
The second-term federal lawmaker representing Oju/Obi Federal Constituency in Benue State who made the pledge while commending the force leadership over the unprecedented achievements recorded by the force, led a delegation of the National Assembly members to Kaduna at the behest of NAF on Friday for a graduation ceremony for Regiment Training Centre and the presentation of ten newly procured Super Mushak fighter Air Craft procured by the NAF under Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
The NAF had graduated another batch of 298 regiment personnel trained in special warfare by the British Military Assistance Training Team (BMATT).
Of the graduating personnel, 235 went through the Basic Regiment Airmen’s Course to enhance their capacity for airfield defence.
The additional six-week special warfare course was aimed at developing the capacity of personnel in force protection in complex air ground environment.
Jamesibechi.com learnt that some of the personnel also received classes on instructional techniques to enable them train other NAF personnel in special warfare.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony earlier, Sadique Abubakar, reiterated the commitment of the NAF to human capacity development.
The CAS noted that the special warfare training became necessary to protect the limited resources available, including critical air assets, to undertake the NAF’s statutory responsibilities.
He urged the graduands to optimise the gains of their training in such a way that it would add value to the society, assuring them of the NAF’s continued commitment to the creation of a conducive environment for training and effective discharge of their duties.
Abubakar further charged the graduating regiment personnel to have respect for the rule of law and human rights in the discharge of their duties.
“Our social contract with the Nigerian people is one we cannot afford to take for granted, especially now that much more responsibilities are vested in us,”he said.
Okwu alongside Chairman Senate Committee on Air Force, who was represented by Senator Aliyu Wakili, was full of praises for the NAF leadership owing to the evident progress made by the force in recent times.