The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), under the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, has continued to build capacity in all areas of critical competencies to raise a highly professional and disciplined force through capacity building initiatives for the effective, efficient and timely employment of air power in response to Nigeria’s national security imperatives. In furtherance of this, the Service has graduated 307 professional non-technical ground personnel from sundry courses at the Military Training Centre (MTC) Kaduna today, 28 June 2019. The courses cover areas such as Personnel and Administration Management, Air Police Special Investigation and Intelligence training, Physical Education, Music as well as Clerical training, which are part of career progression trainings to build adequate capacity for excellent service delivery.
Speaking at the occasion, the Guest of Honour (GOH), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Kingsley Lar, the Chief of Administration (COA) Headquarters NAF, reminded the graduands that the occasion marks the beginning of a new vista in their careers and implored them to apply the knowledge and skills they had acquired during the various courses to improve their chosen specialty in the NAF. “I implore you to remain focused as you strive to fully develop your potentials in our collective drive to move the Service forward”, he said. He further disclosed that the NAF expects the highest level of proficiency from them in the discharge of their duties. AVM Lar charged the graduating students to maintain the already established standards in terms of loyalty, discipline and performance, as they return to their respective units, having been re-galvanized and better equipped to face future challenges. The GOH thanked the CAS for his visionary leadership stating that his immense support and direction has impacted positively on the development of manpower in the NAF, which had greatly contributed to the successes recorded in the fight against insurgency in the Northeast as well as other forms of criminality in other parts of the country.
Earlier in his opening address, the Commandant MTC, Air Commodore Jubrin Usman, disclosed that the Centre runs 2 categories of sundry courses, which are the basic and upgrading/specialist courses. He explained that the basic courses are aimed at equipping non-technical ground specialists with skills and requisite knowledge to perform creditably in their assigned NAF specialties, while the upgrading courses are meant to provide advanced skills and in-depth knowledge to enable personnel function effectively in higher responsibilities. While thanking the CAS for his strategic guidance and support for the rapid development of infrastructure, the Commandant pledged the commitment of the Centre to maintain the quality of training to meet NAF’s aspirations.
One of the highlights of the course was the presentation of awards to students who distinguished themselves on the various courses. The Air Officers Commanding Ground Training Command and Air Training Command, Commandants and Commander of co-located NAF Units as well as families and friends of the graduating students graced the occasion.
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Nigerian Air Force