In consonance with the dictates of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has charged personnel of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to remain professional and shun all entreaties of partisanship which are capable of truncating Nigeria’s growing democracy. The CAS gave this charge today, 30 October 2018, during the commissioning ceremony of 2 additional blocks of furnished 10 single-bedroom accommodation for airmen at the 251 Base Services Group (251 BSG), Bauchi. The CAS, who was represented by the Chief of Administration, Headquarters NAF, Air Vice Marshal Kingsley Lar, noted that the NAF, which has been in the forefront of the fight against insurgency, cannot afford to be distracted at this point in time. He therefore urged personnel to remain focused and continue to conduct themselves professionally in the discharge of their duties towards ensuring the security of the country.
Speaking further, the CAS explained that, in a bid to consolidate the successes recorded across the country in the fights against insurgency, armed banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling, the NAF recently activated Quick Response Wings at Agatu in Benue State, Doma in Nassarawa State and Nguroje in Taraba State to improve its response capability and bring security closer to Nigerians. Air Marshal Abubakar added that the Service, being mindful of the welfare needs of its personnel, embarked on the construction of accommodation and ancillary facilities in NAF Bases across the country. This, he said, included the establishment of new primary and secondary schools and hospitals as well as the renovation and expansion of existing ones. He noted that the NAF would continue to give utmost priority to matters bordering on the welfare needs of personnel and their families.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Commander 251 BSG, Group Captain Mohammed Aliyu, extolled the laudable achievements of the NAF which, he said, would not have been possible without the wisdom, dedication and support of the CAS. He noted that the commissioning of the new blocks would further contribute to accommodation sufficiency in the Unit. Like in many NAF Bases across the country, the NAF has commissioned several infrastructural facilities and accommodation in NAF Base Bauchi, the most recent being 2 furnished blocks of 6 one-bedroom flats for single officers on 18 October 2018.
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Nigerian Air Force