The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Saturday, visited Nigerian Air Force (NAF) frontline troops in Yola, Adamawa State, where he also inaugurated some newly provided facilities to boost personnel welfare in the conduct of the counterinsurgency operation in the North-East.
Air Marshal Abubakar availed the visit to hold an interactive session with officers and men in the Unit, during which he appreciated their sacrifices while urging them to remain highly professional.
The Executive Governor of Adamawa State, represented by his Deputy, Honourable Martins Babale, commissioned the new ward in the hospital and other projects across the collocated units on the NAF Base Yola. These include 2 blocks of 10 x one studio apartment for airmen/airwomen and 10 x one Single Officers’ Quarters for officers.
While commissioning the projects, the Governor noted with satisfaction, the several developmental projects already witnessed at NAF Base Yola under the current NAF leadership.
Commending the CAS for judicious an prudent management of resources, the Governor remarked that the projects had gone a long way in boosting personnel welfare and also contributed to the overall development in the State.
The Governor disclosed that the State had secured approval to build an airport at Mubi to be collocated with the NAF Detachment in Mubi, to complement air operations in the area.
In his remarks, the CAS stated that the Air Force had been restructured for enhanced operational effectiveness noting that necessary platforms and equipment were being acquired and reactivated while training is also receiving optimum attention.
In recognition of the importance of the human being, Air Marshal Abubakar saif that the welfare of personnel was also being considerably looked after, in line with the policy directive of President Buhari.
According to him, that was why resources had been expended in building additional residential accommodation and expanding the medical facilities for the frontline personnel in Yola. He also disclosed plans to expand the NAF secondary school in Yola to ensure that the wards of the personnel and members of the host community receive quality education.
Air Marshal Abubakar thanked President Buhari for the immense support being given to the NAF. He also thanked the Governor and people of Adamawa State for their support and hospitality. He promised that the NAF would continue to work with other security agencies in the State to enhance security in Adamawa State and environs.
Projects inaugurated during the visit include the recently expanded medical facilities at the 163 NAF Hospital to further improve medical care for the frontline personnel serving in Yola, who are playing a critical role in the ongoing counterinsurgency operation.