Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja
As part of the activities to mark its 56th anniversary, the Nigerian Air Force yesterday commenced the distribution of palliatives to 2,000 host communities of NAF bases nationwide.
The first phase of the programme which kicked off in Abuja targeted 500 families covering the Nuwalege and Zamani communities hosting NAF base near Abuja airport and the Ushafa community in Bwari Area Council.
Speaking at the event, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said: “The year 2020 is proving to be a special one that has brought unexpected turn of events in our socio-economic lives, and as early as this time of the year, everybody is wondering what the post COVID-19 period would look like.”
The air force boss, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Alao, directed that the 56th NAF day celebration be flagged off with the distribution of palliatives to the poor and vulnerable groups in the host communities of NAF bases nationwide.
“For this first phase of the programme, the target is about 500 families covering the Nuwalege community and Zamani community off Bill Clinton Drive as well as the Ushafa community in Bwari Area Council in Abuja.
“Therefore, today (yesterday) alone, there shall be distribution of palliatives to three different communities starting with Nuwalege community where we are right now. Other communities around this area will also be visited by other groups during the week,” he said.